Emergency workers will resume the search on Monday for Guatemalans missing after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, which belched out clouds of ash and flows of lava and left at least 25 people dead.
Some 3,000 people 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.
The volcano spewed black smoke and ash into the sky, prompting the evacuation of some 100 people and forcing the capital's La Aurora worldwide airport to shut down its only runway. Evacuation orders were only given to some 3,000 of almost 1.7 million people in the surrounding villages.
Villages in the Escuintla department were affected, too, CONRED Executive Secretary Sergio García Cabañas said.
Guatemala City's global airport has re-opened after it was closed by falling ash from the eruption.
Here's what the situation looks like on the ground. The Volcano of Fire has erupted on and off for centuries, according to the USGS, and this is its second eruption this year.
A view of an eruption of the Fuego volcano in Alotenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala, 03 June 2018.
Guatemala's seismology and vulcanology institute's latest bulletin said Tuesday's eruption could send ash 6,000 meters above sea level, causing a danger to air traffic.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he would issue a declaration of a state of emergency to be approved by Congress and urged people to heed warnings from emergency officials.
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Ash fell Sunday on Guatemala City as well as nearby areas.
Director of seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute of Guatemala, Eddy Sanchez stated that, "Temperatures in the pyroclastic flow can exceed 700 degrees (Celsius) and volcanic ash can rain down on a 15-km (9-mile) radius".
Volcan del Fuego had already erupted once this year, and it is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America.
Guatemala's airport in the capital city has closed down while many villagers are being evacuated. The bodies were recovered in the hamlets of Los Lotes and El Rodeo.
Hernandez told officials from the disaster agency that some of her relatives were buried.
Dramatic video showed a fast-moving lahar, or flow of pyroclastic material and slurry, slamming into and partly destroying a bridge on a highway between Sacatepequez and Escuintla.
"A lava flow rarely travels fast enough to engulf people", he said. Images in the news media and on social media showed people and villages caked in ash.
A chain of more than 30 volcanoes makes up Guatemala's part of the ring of fire, although only two others are active.