Volcano In Guatemala Kills 25 and Counting

Amanda Swank, Author

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Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano erupted this Sunday, launching ash, gas, and rocks 6 kilometers into the air. Hundreds of Guatemalan citizens have been injured, many more are missing, due to the fast-flowing lava and ash invading the country.

Pyroclastic flow, a mixture of hot rock and gas, sped rapidly down the mountains and encasing villages in lava. In contrast to slow-moving lava, pyroclastic reaches extremely high speeds, making it difficult to escape on foot.

This eruption has been Guatemala’s deadliest natural disaster since 1902, when the Santa Maria volcano killed thousands. Temporary shelters have been set up for 3,000 evacuated residents. This disaster is expected to affect 1.7 million people.

President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning.