Guatemala Volcano Eruption Kills At Least 25

Massive volcano in Guatemala kills dozens, injures hundreds

A powerful volcanic eruption less than 30 miles from Guatemala's capital Sunday killed at least 25 people and injured 20, sending a giant plume of ash and smoke nearly 15,000 feet into the sky.

Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers, worked to help any survivors and recover any more bodies amid the still-smoking lava.

"We think that there could be a state of devastation in at least three areas", President Morales said.

"We heard about six people who were killed and more who were injured, that was at the foot of the volcano". Rescue operations were suspended until Monday morning due to inclement weather and risky conditions.

Almost 3,100 people have been evacuated from the affected area, the country's disaster management agency said. He added that 3,100 people had evacuated the area so far.

Lesser amounts of ash fell on Guatemala City, which is 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the volcano. "There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's Conred disaster agency, said on radio.

Richard Fitz-Hugh, a backpacker from Beaconsfield, Bucks, had climbed a neighbouring peak to watch the active Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala, just hours before it erupted.

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De Leon said a change in wind was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the city.

Seven people have been killed and 20 hurt after a volcano near Guatemala City exploded in a fiery display of ash and lava.

The eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora global airport to shut down its only runway.

It was the volcano's most violent eruption in over four decades. Another victim was found in the street by volunteer firefighters but died in an ambulance.

It is near the colonial city of Antigua.

Neighbors stand outside a temporary morgue near Volcan de Fuego or Volcano of Fire in Alotenango, Guatemala, on June 3.

The Foreign Office advised Britons travelling to and from Guatemala to check with their airlines after La Aurora International Airport is expected to remain closed until at least 2pm (8pm BST) on Monday.

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