Seven killed and 20 hurt by fiery volcano eruption in Guatemala

Volcano erupts in Guatemala killing at least 7

Volcan de Fuego spews a thick cloud of ash as seen from Alotenango Guatemala

The Volcan del Fuego, roughly 27 miles from Guatemala City, shot ash almost four miles into the sky.

About four hours later, lava began flowing down the side of the mountain.

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

Children play in a basketball court covered with ash after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 3, 2018. "That could cause more mud flows and nearby rivers to burst their banks", said Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute.

Among the fatalities were four people, including a disaster agency official, killed when lava set a house on fire in El Rodeo village, Cabanas said. I think they ended up buried, " Consuelo Hernandez, a resident of the village of El Rodeo, told the newspaper Diario de Centroamerica.

The Volcan de Fuego exploded shortly before noon Sunday.

"Evacuations and searches are underway".

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A disaster authority spokesman said a change in wind direction was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the capital.

Guatemala's nearby airport, La Aurora International, shut down due to the eruption.

Sergio Cabanas of the National Disaster prevention committee spoke to Reuters and informed that people have been burned and killed including a member of his staff.

Footage showed soot blanket cars and houses in the nearby villages of San Pedro Yepocapa and Sangre de Cristo.

It is close to the popular tourist destination Antigua, which is known for its coffee plantations.

It's the second time this year it has erupted.

The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346ft (3,763 meters) above sea level at its peak.

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