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The Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala has wreaked havoc in the country, leading to the deaths of at least 40 people and injuries of hundreds more, as well as mass evacuations and disruption of the work of a major airport, sputniknews.com reported.

A drone has captured the destruction that the volcano caused in Guatemala, showing apocalyptic images of city blocks covered with volcanic ash. Local media reported the volcanic ash was registered in seven municipalities near the volcano.

A drone has captured the destruction that the volcano caused in Guatemala, showing apocalyptic images of city blocks covered with volcanic ash. Local media reported the volcanic ash was registered in seven municipalities near the volcano.

La Aurora airport in the country’s capital of Guatemala City, was reportedly closed on Sunday due to the eruption, according to reports citing the Guatemalan Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction.

09:50

The number of people killed by the powerful eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala increased to 25, Guatemala's disaster agency reported, while the number of injured people has risen to some 300.

Axar.az informs citing Sputnik.

The number of people killed by the powerful eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala increased to 25, Guatemala's disaster agency reported, while the number of injured people has risen to some 300.

The Fuego eruption resulted in closure of La Aurora airport of the country’s capital of Guatemala City, the TV Azteca broadcaster reported on Sunday citing the Guatemalan Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

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09:00

The death toll after Guatemala’s highly active volcano Fuego erupted on Sunday near the country’s capital climbed to 25, EFE news agency reported citing National Disaster Reduction Coordinator (CONRED) spokesman David de Leon as saying.

Axar.az informs citing TASS.

Various media reports announced earlier that at least seven people were killed and up to 300 were injured in the eruption.

Local Prensa Libre reported citing Sergio Cabanas, the secretary general of Guatemala's CONRED disaster agency, that the natural calamity affected in total over 1.7 million people in the country, which has a population of about 17 million.

According to specialists from Guatemala’s National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, the volcano, which is located just 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the southwest of the country’s capital, Guatemala City, is churning up ashes to the height of 10 kilometers above the sea level.

Guatemala's civil aviation authority announced in its Twitter account earlier that the eruption forced the authorities to shut down the La Aurora international airport in the capital.

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2018.06.04 / 19:59
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