Guatemala volcano eruption: At least 6 killed, 20 hurt

Volcano of Fire shoots ash 10km into air triggers evacuations in Guatemala

Mr Cabanas said four people died when lava set a house on fire and two children perished while standing on a bridge watching the eruption.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala said Sunday that fiery clouds of smoke were billowing from the Volcan del Fuego and that soot blanketed cars and houses in the nearby villages of San Pedro Yepocapa and Sangre de Cristo.

A man cleans ashes from the Volcan de Fuego off his vehicle in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez department, southwest of Guatemala City on Sun., June 3, 2018.

Ash has effected not only Guatemala City but the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, and the popular tourist destination colonial town Antigua.

The huge plumes of smoke that could be seen from various parts of the country and the ash that fell in four of Guatemala's departments caused alarm among residents.

President Jimmy Morales informed that a national emergency response team has been activated.

"Evacuations and searches are underway".

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Another 20 people have been injured, and more than 2,000 evacuated near the volcano and several cities, including Antigua.

A woman who was covered in ash told the Diario de Centroamerica that lava had poured through corn fields. Video footage showed a black cloud of ash rising from just beyond the golf club.

David de Leon, spokesman for the disaster agency, said authorities had already evacuated about 300 people from nearby areas.

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez said.

The runway was closed due to the presence of volcanic ash and in order to guarantee passenger and aircraft safety, Guatemala's civil aviation authority said in a Tweet.

Dense ash blasted out by the volcano - which rises to 12,346 feet - also shut down Guatemala City's global airport, civil aviation said.

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