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Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

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There was no time to eat. Sunday family lunches were interrupted, the food left on the table. Children abandoned toys, and clothes still hung on lines in backyards. Animals died petrified. Guatemalan authorities reacted slowly to signs of the Fuego volcano's impending eruption on June 3, contributing to one of the most tragic natural disasters in recent Guatemalan history. The volcano rumbled to life early that Sunday. By midday, it was spewing ash in smoking columns miles high that then fell, dusting a wide swath of the Central American country. But with the mountain's rumbles and the first ash showers, many villagers made a fatal bet to stay put, gambling that the luck that had protected them for decades would hold once again. In the afternoon things took a turn for the worse. T...
Children burned in Guatemala volcano eruption to be treated in US

Children burned in Guatemala volcano eruption to be treated in US

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Guatemalan children who were seriously burned in a deadly volcanic eruption in their home country will be brought to the United States for treatment, officials said. Shriners Hospitals for Children, a Florida-based charity providing pediatric specialty care in 22 non-profit medical facilities, said in a statement Tuesday that it will admit several children who are in critical condition with burn injuries from Sunday's eruption. The U.S. military was expected to move the children more than 1,500 miles to the Galveston Shriners Hospital pediatric burn center in Galveston, Texas, according to the charity. The U.S. Southern Command confirmed to ABC News that six children were scheduled to be airlifted Wednesday from Guatemala City. The Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Guatemala o...
Evacuations after new eruption at Guatemalan volcano

Evacuations after new eruption at Guatemalan volcano

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Emergency services in Guatemala are evacuating areas around the Fuego volcano after a new eruption sent lava spewing down its south side.At least 72 deaths have been reported since the volcano first erupted on Sunday, with many others missing.Authorities say more than 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption, with more than 3,000 evacuated and many living in shelters.Villages on the slopes of the volcano were buried in volcanic ash and mud.Volcanologists said earlier on Tuesday that the initial eruption, which sent ash up to 10km (33,000ft) into the sky, was over for the near future.Eddy Sanchez, the head of Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, had said there would be "no immin...
'Volcano of Fire' eruption kills 25 in Guatemala

'Volcano of Fire' eruption kills 25 in Guatemala

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At least 25 people have died after Guatemala's "Volcano of Fire" erupted, spewing lava into a village and sending smoke and ash billowing into the sky. "It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the El Rodeo village. There are injured, burned and dead people," said Sergio Cabanas, head of Guatemala's disaster agency Conred. He said four people had died when lava set a house on fire and two children were killed while standing on a bridge watching the eruption.The death toll stands at 25, including at least three children, but that number is expected to rise.Nearly 300 are believed to have been injured.Around 3,100 people have been evacuated from nearby communities according to authorities. Image: At least six ...
Fresh quakes as volcanic eruption rumbles on

Fresh quakes as volcanic eruption rumbles on

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Fresh earthquakes have hit Hawaii's Big Island, where a volcanic eruption has forced more than 1,700 people from their homes.The latest series of earthquakes began on Thursday with a 4.6 magnitude quake, which shook the island's active volcano Kilauea.Image:Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has spewed lava onto this street. Pic: US Geological SurveyThe volcano has been spewing ash and lava, while the earthquakes have also strengthened - the latest being a 6.9 on Friday afternoon, the largest to strike the area since a 7.5 earthquake rocked the island in 1975.Scientists are investigating whether the earthquakes are affecting the eruption of Kilauea.Lava flows from the volcano have covered 48 square miles, some of it in residential areas, although no injuries or deaths have been reported. Two homes ...