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Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego has erupted to life once again, spewing out ash, lava and volcanic gases, causing thousands of people to flee to safety. Local authorities say there is still a very high risk of volcanic mud flows (lahar) and pyroclastic flows impacting nearby villages. Evacuations have extended as far as 6.2 miles (10km) from the volcano.
Volcan de Fuego (Spanish for Volcano of Fire) is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. It's located 25 miles (40km) west of the capital, Guatemala City, and is close to the popular tourist spot of Antigua. This latest eruption is the fifth this year and comes five months after the devastating eruption in June which resulted in 200 deaths and many more people missing.
If you are planning to fly to or from Guatemala, it's important that you check with your airline or tour provider and travel insurance company prior to departure in case of schedule impact and coverage.
If you are on the ground, please check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities will result in you not being covered by travel insurance.
On Sunday June 3rd, Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego (12,346ft) erupted spewing plumes of ash and pyroclastics into the air shortly before midday, burying nearby villages and killing at least 62 people with the death toll expected to rise. Many people are injured and some are still missing.
Pyroclastic flows (composed of volcanic gases and tephra) rushed down the side of the mountain, destroying everything in the way. Some locals survived by escaping early or reaching higher points as the flows powered across corn fields. Thousands have been evacuated and rescue efforts are being challenged by further eruptions. Authorities are also concerned with the increasing risk of flooding and moving debris with heavy rain.
Volcan de Fuego (Spanish for Volcano of Fire) is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. It's located 25 miles (40km) west of the capital, Guatemala City and is close to the popular tourist spot of Antigua. Ash had also fallen as far away as the capital due to wind changes.
The President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales has declared a national state of emergency and three days of mourning. The country's main airport, La Aurora International, had shut down its only runway at the time of the eruption.
If you are planning to fly to or from Guatemala, it's important that you check with your airline or tour provider and travel insurance company prior to departure.
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