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Why Are The Kilauea And Fuego Volcano Eruptions So Different?

Ash-covered cars GETTYAsh-covered cars near Guatemala's Fuego volcano
Eleanor Moreno | 07 June, 2018, 13:44

Authorities in Guatemala have released otherworldly photos of the area around a recently-erupted volcano covered in white ash, as nearly 300 people are declared missing or dead after an eruption.

The Policia Nacional Civil (National Civil Police) released the footage Tuesday on their social media feeds showing some of the devastation in the Escuintla area.

What was once a collection of verdant canyons, hillsides and farms resembled a moonscape of ash, rock and debris today in the aftermath of the fast-moving avalanche of super-heated muck that roared into the tightly knit villages on the mountain's flanks, devastating entire families.

Though numerous clouds obscure a view of the volcano, the footage shows a dark ash cloud suddenly grow in the centre of the image.

The 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano erupted early Sunday, spewing out towering plumes of ash and a hail of fiery rock fragments with scalding mud. But late in the afternoon, the country's disaster agency announced it was suspending the search again because of flows of volcanic material and falling rain. A new, more powerful explosion followed two hours later.

Most of those who died were in the towns of El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes.

Alfonso Castillo, a 33-year-old farm worker, said nothing seemed abnormal on Sunday - but then the situation became significantly more risky.


Hundreds of people were evacuated from seven communities in the Escuintla area near the summit, as panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic.

Officials said the seismic event has affected almost 2 million people.

"We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are". My children say they would rather be in the streets ...

The number of dead is expected to rise, with at least 197 people listed as missing.

Sanchez, the Conred spokesman, said many dogs and cats had been rescued with burns on their paws from the mud and ash, some blinded from the volcanic gases. DNA testing and other methods will be required to identify them. "There's a lot of people suffering right now because they lost their family, they lost their home, they lost everything they had, and there is a lot of people missing".

Insivumeh Director Eddy Sánchez, who works at the Institute told the Associated Press he does not expect "imminent eruption over the next few days".

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