At least six killed as Fuego volcano erupts in Guatemala

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Some 3,000 people were evacuated due to the eruption, which affected rural communities around the volcano as well as Antigua Guatemala, a colonial-era town very popular with tourists in the Central American country, he said.

Evacuation orders were only given to some 3,000 of almost 1.7 million people in the surrounding villages.

A man using a pay phone protects himself with an umbrella from a light rain of volcanic ash, after the Volcan de Fuego erupted, in Guatemala City, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

At least six people were killed when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close.

A resident cries after she was safely evacuated from her home near the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire", in Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, June 4, 2018.

A hot flow of mud, ash and gas swept down from Fuego after a new blast on Monday morning that interrupted disaster workers pulling bodies from the brown sludge that engulfed the village of El Rodeo in southern Guatemala.

A volcano southwest of Guatemala's capital has erupted for the second time this year, setting off loud explosions and spewing ash almost four miles into the sky.

President Jimmy Morales informed that a national emergency response team has been activated.

Residents of El Rodeo, about 8 miles (12 kilometers) downslope from the crater, said they were caught unaware by fast-moving pyroclastic flows when the volcano west of Guatemala City exploded Sunday, sending towering clouds of ash miles into the air.

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Hundreds of firefighters, police and soldiers are searching for the missing amid the still-smoking lava. Local media reported that the ash blanketed cars and houses in villages nearby.

Rescue operations were suspended until 5:00 A.M. (1100 GMT) due to unsafe conditions and inclement weather, said Cecilio Chacaj, a spokesman for the municipal firefighters department.

In addition to those killed, another 20 people were injured.

One of Central America's most active volcanoes, the conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 3,763 metres above sea level at its peak.

"There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency, said on radio.

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez said.

A man looks at the Fuego Volcano in eruption, from Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department.

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