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Former Ark City PD chief living in Guatemala safe after volcanic eruption

07 June 2018

At least 75 people have died and almost 200 are missing in Guatemala after a second round of eruptions at Mount Fuego that scattered ash over a wide area and forced authorities to issue new evacuations.

The volcano erupted first Sunday and again Tuesday, taking many by surprise as volcanologists expected the seismic activity to subside.

National disaster agency CONRED said 192 people remained missing after the disaster, and forensic agency Inacif raised the death toll to at least 75, up from 72.

Soldiers search for remains at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at El Rodeo in Escuintla, Guatemala June 6, 2018.

Rescue workers say it is hard to imagine how anybody caught up in the churning clouds of volcanic material that reached up to 700 degrees centigrade could have survived.

"This can serve as a tiny bit of consolation for the people", Diaz said.

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"My cousins Ingrid, Yomira, Paola, Jennifer, Michael, Andrea and Silvia, who was just 2 years old", the woman said - a litany that brought into sharp relief the scope of a disaster for which the final death toll is far from clear.

The volcano shot ash and gas several kilometres up into the sky, which then fell back down and left debris across areas more than 15 kilometres away.

Only some communities in Escuintla are under an evacuation order, but even in the more distant central Escuintla businesses have closed and people are leaving.

A man covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla.

The country's seismology and volcanology institute warned of new flows descending Wednesday afternoon through canyons on the volcano's western slope, carrying boulders and tree trunks.

A volcanic flow swept through El Rodeo and San Miguel Los Lotes on Sunday, burying homes up to rooftops.

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A devastating volcanic eruption in the Central American nation of Guatemala leaves more than 70 dead and thousands evacuated.

Experts say the volcano emitted something different than what has been seen in Hawaii, a pyroclastic flow.

The institute warned people on Wednesday to be alert and avoid the area.

Pope Francis is mourning the victims of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire eruption and sending his prayers for their families and the rescue crews trying to help survivors.

Nigeria has condoled with the Government and People of the Republic of Guatemala over the Fuego volcano tragedy in the country.

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Former Ark City PD chief living in Guatemala safe after volcanic eruption