By: Red Pill | 06-04-2018 | News
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Guatemala Volcano Eruption Kills 33 People, 300 Injured

The Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted over the weekend, and the devastating natural-disaster has reportedly killed at least thirty-three people, with injuries estimated into the several hundred.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Volcano eruption in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Guatemala</a> , footage from survivors fleeing as cloud of ash and fire sweeps rapidly behind them. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VolcánDeFuego</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) <a href="">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A river of lava can be seen through the nation, with President Morales saying that 1.7 million people are affected as a result of the natural catastrophe.

CONRED, the Guatemalan government agency responsible for disaster reduction, said that plumes of ash and smoke have gone six miles into the sky, and stretched across a twelve-mile radius.

The agency also says that at least 33 people were killed since Sunday and that 300 injuries are reported with 15 of those facing life-threatening injuries, and at least 12 children having been hospitalized as a result.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I hope people in Guatemala stay safe.<br><br> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Guatemala</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MondayMotivation</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) <a href="">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Survivors of the eruption say those entire neighborhoods were buried by the lava flow, ripping through corn-fields and homes as if the structures were frail branches of a tree that could be easily snapped.

More than 3,100 people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours, with search, rescue, and recovery efforts underway to attempt the location of additional civilians who have have been stranded or killed in the eruption.

The government of Guatemala has urged residents to evacuate, although many simply cannot afford to leave their homes, and instead, have met a tragic fate.

Volcanic ash and rocks are also dangers that have targeted Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla; where the forge from the eruptions have sent flying projectiles into the direction of civilian life.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Volcanic Explosion <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Guatemala</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Julio Mendizabal (@JUMEGI83) <a href="">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The dangers are still prevalent with structural fires being reported along the radius of the eruption, and many struggling to find air which isn't toxic as a result of the volcano.

Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology said, "The eruption is reaching its end with 14.763 feet of ash and weak-to-moderate explosions and incandescence in its crater.”

The institute also said that <i>future eruptions</i> are possible and that residents should remain on high-alert for mudslides which could hold hidden volcanic materials.

The Fuego eruption is considered far more dangerous than that of Hawaii’s recent volcanoes, in part due to a fast-moving pyroclastic flow, which contains deadly gasses, ash, and rock.

The speeds of the pyroclastic flow could reach hundreds of kilometers an hour, whereas Hawaii experienced slow-moving flows of lava.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Warning: heartbreaking interview from <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Guatemala</a>. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VolcanDeFuego</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Lino Miani…Unofficial (@meanlin1) <a href="">June 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Guatemala also sits along what's known as the “Ring of Fire,” a nearly 25,000 miles long stretch of the earth which oftentimes becomes a source of volcanic activity.

The “Volcan de Fuego,” or “fire volcano,” is one of the most active volcanoes in all of Central America.

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