- The death toll from an eruption over the weekend is currently at 75, with nearly 200 people still missing
- Volcan de Fuego erupted at about noon local time on Sunday and Guatemalan authorities have warned that Fuego volcano is showing signs of greater activity after it erupted again earlier Tuesday
The death toll from Volcan de Fuego of Guatemala rose to at least 75 Tuesday and nearly 200 people remain missing.
The Guatemala’s National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) heightened its warnings after the volcano erupted again earlier on Tuesday and with more pyroclastic flow — a nasty mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases that can be much more dangerous than lava — is streaming down the volcano once again threatening villages southeast of the volcano.
Some explosions sent ash plume 16,405 feet into the sky, according to Insivumeh.
“The conditions are extremely critical at this moment,” Insivumeh Director Eddy Sánchez told reporters.
Volcan de Fuego erupted at about noon local time on Sunday. Thick clouds of smoke and ash shoots into the sky, and homes in nearby villages were engulfed by lava flows. Temperatures in the lava flow reached 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for ‘Volcano of Fire’, is one of several active volcanoes among 34 in the Central American country.
Here is a video posted via Twitter by user Annie Ramos showing cars covered in ash.
Workers try to clear the road of the cars lava pushed onto the streets – the entire town of El Rodeo is covered in ash – it is one of the hardest hit towns after #VolcanDeFuego erupted Sunday pic.twitter.com/VCFAtDyZai
— Annie Rose Ramos (@Annie_Rose23) June 5, 2018