7 dead after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

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At least 25 people, including three children, were killed and almost 300 injured on Sunday in the most violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano in over four decades, officials said.

Speaking from ash-covered Antigua, around 11 miles from the erupting volcano, Richard, 24, said he trekked to the base camp of Acatenango, which lies two miles from the deadly Volcan de Fuego, a day earlier.

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez told local news outlet Diario de Centroamerica in a video.

Pictures on social media showed residents fleeing from lava and local roads, buildings and trees covered in a layer of ash, while the smoke clouds reached six kilometres above sea level.

Authorities said at least six people were dead or missing following the eruption.

The volcano erupted just 27 miles from Guatemala City, causing major lava flows and blanketing nearby areas in clouds of ash.

The volcanic eruption on Sunday spewed a river of red, hot lava and belched thick clouds of smoke almost 10,000 metres above sea level, CNN quoted the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) as saying.

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So far, 15 people been have been hospitalised, including 12 children, some of whom suffered severe burns, according to the Health Ministry.

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

Aviation authorities closed the capital's worldwide airport because of the danger posed to planes by the ash. "We are evacuating and rescuing people".

Today, hundreds of Guatemalans were affected by Guatemala's Fuego volcano that erupted.

BBC News reports officials advised residents to wear masks as ash fell.

Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon said late Sunday the bodies were found in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes.

The volcano spewed a river of red lava and sent a thick cloud of black smoke and ash into the sky causing more than 300 people to be evacuated from nearby villages and forcing the capital's La Aurora worldwide airport to shut down its only runway. Guatemala's nearby airport, La Aurora International, shut down due to the eruption.