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Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

World
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

World
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

World
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...
Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device With its red-hot rivers of lava and clouds of ash, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has captured the world's attention. But how dangerous are such eruptions?Every year about 60 volcanoes erupt. Some take us by surprise but others are regular offenders.Kilauea is one of the world's most active - its present eruption began 35 years ago, but there has been an increase in activity in recent weeks. Its lava flows have quite literally been erupting in people's backyards, but thankfully only one serious injury has been reported - a man hit by projectile molten rock as he sat on his balcony.This could appear to suggest that volcanoes aren't all that dangerous, but much of the world's population lives close to an ac...
Scientists unsure when Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will quiet

Scientists unsure when Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will quiet

Technology
Experts remained flummoxed Friday about when Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will calm down. The Big Island volcano exploded at its summit Thursday, sending ash and rocks thousands of feet into the sky. Scientists said the eruption was the most powerful in recent days, though it probably lasted only a few minutes. It came two weeks after the volcano began sending lava flows into neighborhoods 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east of the summit, destroying 26 homes. On Friday, Hawaii County officials warned residents that fast-moving lava was approaching an area east of those destroyed homes. Hawaii County Civil Defense said police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area and stopping people from entering. About 40 homes in the area are now isolated. Earlier in the day, a ne...