Why Are The Kilauea And Fuego Volcano Eruptions So Different?

Marsha Scott
June 7, 2018

State workers clear a street from debris of the Fuego Volcano eruption in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 6, 2018. The searing hot volcanic material that covered communities near the volcano left numerous bodies unrecognisable so DNA testing or other methods will be necessary for identification.

"Nobody is going to be able to get them out or say how many are buried here", said Efrain Suarez, standing amid the smoking holes dotting what used to be the village of San Miguel Los Lotes on the flanks of the mountain.

Sergio Cabañas, head of the country's National Disaster Management Agency (Conred), told a local radio station that a river of lava had changed course towards the town.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night spoke with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, and offered him condolences for the deaths caused by the country's catastrophic volcanic eruption.

At least 72 people were killed and 192 reported missing after the volcano erupted on Sunday, according to the BBC.

Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Sciences raised the death toll from Sunday's eruption of the Volcano of Fire to 75.

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Sunday's eruption was the most violent in more than a century.

Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano's activity increased, with rescue operations halted.

Even in more distant central Escuintla, which hosts most of the shelters for those evacuated from other areas, businesses were closed as people left. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press) Coffee plants covered in ash in Las Lajas, Guatemala.

Guatemala's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh heightened its warnings after the volcano erupted again on Tuesday, forcing evacuations and sending rescue workers scrambling for cover. "They are taking away our opportunity to say goodbye".

Lacking electricity in the hardest hit areas, emergency crews were carrying out rescue efforts during daylight hours and calling them off for safety reasons when darkness fell. At least 46 people have been injured.

The institute said there was a moderate flow of risky volcanic material down the volcano, and warned of the possibility of a strong flow in some areas.

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