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A powerful volcanic eruption less than 30 miles from Guatemala's capital Sunday killed at least 25 people and injured 20, sending a giant plume of ash and smoke nearly 15,000 feet into the sky. "There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's Conred disaster agency, said on radio, according to the Guardian.

At least 20 people were injured, and authorities have said they feared the death toll could rise with an undetermined number of people unaccounted for. He says El Rodeo was buried and other villages have been cut off by the lava.

This Handout picture released by the National Disaster Relief Agency of Guatemala shows Volcano Fuego during an eruptive pulse in El Rodeo, Guatemala on June 3, 2018. Images in the news media and on social media showed people and villages caked in ash.

The active volcano is located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital Guatemala City.

Richard added: "We knew it was active, it's all part of the experience, you go up and see the lava, that's the point of climbing Acatenango".

Dense ash blasted out by the volcano shut down Guatemala City's worldwide airport, civil aviation said.

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The volcanic eruption Sunday spewed a river of red, hot lava and belched thick clouds of smoke almost six miles into the air, according to the CONRED, the government agency for disaster reduction. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 700 degrees Celsius.

Twenty people suffered burn injuries, and more than 3,000 were evacuated due to the eruption, which affected rural communities around the volcano as well as Antigua Guatemala, a colonial-era town very popular with tourists in the Central American country, he said.

It's the second time this year it has erupted. "There are injured, burned and dead people".

BBC News reports officials advised residents to wear masks as ash fell.

The Guatemalan military said it was providing assistance from rescue operations to setting up temporary shelters and clearing volcanic ash from La Aurora airport's runway.


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