A powerful explosion sparked a mass evacuation Tuesday, June 5, of areas already devastated near Guatemala's Fuego volcano, which officials said has killed at least 73 people since it first erupted over the weekend.
Work was disrupted on Tuesday when a new eruption sent hot gas and molten rock streaming down its south side.
The explosions billowed ash more than 5,000m (16,000ft) above sea level, with Guatemala's seismology and volcanology institute warning that there is a moderate flow of risky material down the volcano - with the possibility of a strong flow in some areas.
On Tuesday evening, hundreds of people who live near the volcano were still trying to evacuate, as new lava flows were pushed from the volcano in a secondary eruption.
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Hernandez lost 36 family members in all, missing and presumed dead in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes after the fiery volcanic eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in south-central Guatemala.
Speaking at a press conference, Eddy Sanchez, director of the National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (Insivumeh) told reporters yesterday: "The conditions are extremely critical at this moment".
This is the most violent eruption of Fuego in more than four decades. Businesses shuttered as owners fled, memories still fresh of Sunday's blast, which left at least 75 people dead and 192 missing, and reduced a once verdant area to a moonscape of ash.
Guatemala's disaster agency is calling for calm, but after receiving little or no warning before the volcano exploded Sunday, many people are not taking chances.
Earlier in the day, the country's National Institute of Forensic Sciences said 75 bodies have been recovered but only 23 of those have been identified.
"If you are trapped in a pyroclastic flow, it's hard to come out of it alive", he said, adding that people who may have been caught in the flow may never be found.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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