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Jun 4, 2018

A First-hand Account of Surviving Deadly Guatemala Volcano Eruption

As many as sixty-two persons have lost their lives since the eruption of the Fuego volcano in El Rodeo Village near Antigua, Guatemala on Sunday.  A river of lava discharged from the volcano, sending plumes of thick smoke and volcanic ash almost six miles into the atmosphere.  According to Guatemala’s health ministry, fifteen persons, including twelve children, have been hospitalized in the wake of the disaster.  Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning, as one point seven million residents have been affected by the volcano.  News Five spoke earlier today with Erick Galindo, who is a resident of Antigua, gave an account of the tragedy in the wake of the eruption.

 

“The Volcano of Fire is one of four volcanoes near Guatemala City. Yesterday afternoon, the Volcano Institute of Guatemala noticed that there were movements within this volcano, which prompted a yellow alert. At 1:30 pm residents noticed the first eruptions of smoke, which is something that is common.  All of a sudden, the volcano explodes, spewing very hot ashes in the air. This caught the residents living near the volcano off guard, who did not have time to evacuate. The areas that were affected were El Rodeo, Old City, and Excuintla. El Rodeo was affected the most. At the moment there is expected to be over one hundred victims. The authorities in charge of rescuing are only covering ten percent of the area. The ashes that the volcano erupted are still very hot, they are boiling.”

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