Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday for the second time this year, leaving at least 7 people dead and 20 injured, as officials warned of continued volcanic activity.
The volcanic eruption spewed a river of red, hot lava and belched thick clouds of smoke nearly six miles into the air, according to the CONRED, the government’s national coordinator for disaster reduction.
The explosion stands to affect 1.7 million people, said Sergio García Cabañas, director of CONRED.
More than 3,100 people have been evacuated from their homes while search and rescue efforts continue into the night, Cabañas said.
So far, 15 been have been hospitalized, including 12 children, some of whom suffered severe burns, the Minister of Health said.
The volcano, whose name means fire, is one of Central America’s most active. It is located near the colonial city of Antigua. Sunday’s explosion rained soot over the popular tourist destination and other villages in the Sacatepéquez department, covering them in ash.
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SOURCE: CNN, Claudia Dominguez and Emanuella Grinberg