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Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts, covering villages in ash and leaving 75 dead

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts, covering villages in ash and leaving 75 dead
Aerial view near the Volcan del Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire," in Escuintla, Guatemala. (Guatemalan National Civil Police)

The recent eruption of the Volcano of Fire in Guatemala was the biggest since at least 1974 and especially deadly, having caught many living near it by surprise.

More than 3,000 people have been displaced. Hundreds were injured and dozens more remained missing, according to a Guatemala disaster agency. It said the eruption has affected a total of 1.7 million people.

Rescue workers run for cover as the Fuego Volcano blows more clouds of ash in the village of El Rodeo in Escuintla, Guatemala. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)
Aerial view of El Rodeo, one of the villages in the disaster area near the Fuego Volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)
(Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)

Left, rescue workers run for cover as the volcano blows more clouds of ash in the village of El Rodeo in Escuintla, Guatemala. Right, aerial view of El Rodeo, one of the villages in the disaster area.

(María Del Rocío Lazo / AFP / Getty Images)

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire during an eruption as seen from Alotenango, Guatemala

It all happened in an instant. Not minutes, but seconds. The lava came down and swept everything away.

Eufemia Garcia, El Rodeo resident who was not home at the time of the eruption


Police officers carry a wounded man after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in El Rodeo village, Guatemala. (Noe Perez / AFP / Getty Images)
People flee El Rodeo village after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano. (Noe Perez / AFP / Getty Images)
A police officer carries a baby after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in El Rodeo village. (Noe Perez / AFP / Getty Images)
People flee El Rodeo village after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano. (Noe Perez / AFP / Getty Images)
(Noe Perez / AFP / Getty Images)

People flee El Rodeo and police transport the wounded after the eruption.

Access to the villages is very difficult. We have to enter through the roofs.

Francis Vasquez, rescue worker

(Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)

Firefighters remove a body buried in volcanic ash in the village of El Rodeo.


Residents carry the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano along the streets of Alotenango, Guatemala. (Johan Ordonez / AFP / Getty Images)
Family and friends mourn at the wake for seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano. (Esteban Biba / EPA / Shutterstock)
Volunteer firefighters carry the coffins with the remains of two children, who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala. (Orlando Estrada / AFP / Getty Images)
Over a hundred people attended the funeral ceremony for Juan Fernando Galindo who died in the volcanic eruption. (Santiago Billy / EPA / Shutterstock)
(AFP / Getty Images / EPA / Shutterstock)

Clockwise from top left, residents carry the coffins of seven people who died in the eruption along the streets of Alotenango, Guatemala; family and friends mourn at the wake for seven people; some of the 100 people to attend the funeral for Juan Fernando Galindo, who died in the volcanic eruption; and volunteer firefighters carry the coffins of two children.

The whole crop was ruined. What are we are going to do to feed our children?

Sofio Morales, a coffee farmer

The front door of a home blanketed in volcanic ash carries a hand written help sign in the village of El Rodeo. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)
Coffee plants covered in ash in Las Lajas, Guatemala. (Santiago Billy / EPA / Shutterstock)
(Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press; Santiago Billy / EPA / Shutterstock)

Left, a plea for help is left at a home blanketed in volcanic ash in the village of El Rodeo. Right, coffee plants covered in ash in Las Lajas, Guatemala.

(Oliver de Ros / Associated Press)

A firefighter kneels beside bodies recovered near the volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala.

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