At least seven dead, hundreds injured as Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts

Volcano erupts in Guatemala killing at least 7

A volcano eruption has killed at least six people in Central America.

"It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village".

Firefighters in Guatemala say some people have been trapped by a deadly volcanic eruption but they have been forced to call off rescue efforts until morning over safety concerns.

The road in front of Fuego volcano is seen covered with ash after the volcano erupted violently, in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala June 3, 2018.

After awakening on Sunday, and for the second time this year, the Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) has generated strong pyroclastic flows in the Barrancas de Cenizas, Mineral, Seca, Taniluya, Las Lajas and Barranca Honda localities, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala (Conred) said.

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There were no immediate reports of any casualties, but authorities are advising those close to the crater to evacuate the area.

One video published by news outlet Telediario, purportedly taken in the El Rodeo village, showed three bodies strewn atop the remnants of the flow as rescuers arrived to attend to an elderly man caked from head to toe in ash and mud. "There are injured, burned and dead people", he said.

The Directorate of Civil Aeronautics announced that La Aurora International Airport was closed because of the danger posed to planes by the ash.

Ash has effected not only Guatemala City but the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, and the popular tourist destination colonial town Antigua.

The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346ft (3,763 meters) above sea level at its peak.

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Photos shared on social media show huge plumes of smoke rising into the sky. The lava river was running on the other side of the volcano.

Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 700 C.

David de Leon, spokesman for the disaster agency, said about 300 people evacuated areas near the volcano.

Officials have advised citizens to wear masks due to the falling ash.

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