25 Incredibly Tragic Photos of the Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala
Update: The death toll has risen to at least 99, with hundreds others still missing, after Fuego volcano erupted for a second time, NPR reports. On June 7, two days after the second eruption, Guatemala's national disaster agency decided to suspend rescue efforts in the area devastated by the volcano because the conditions were "dangerous for the rescuers," the Associated Press reports.
Original story: On June 3, Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, releasing rivers of red-hot lava and shooting clouds of smoke nearly six miles into the air. At least 25 people have been confirmed as dead so far, with the death toll expected to rise, and dozens others are still missing due to the natural disaster, which has been dubbed the country's "most violent volcano eruption in more than a century," according to BBC News.
The volcano, which is situated just 25 miles southwest of the capital, Guatemala City, erupted for 16 and a half hours, burying surrounding villages in thick ash, rocks, and mud, trapping some in their homes. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated and moved to temporary shelters, and Guatemala's main airport is currently closed due to the eruption. Below, take a look at 25 images of the damage to see just how devastatingly destructive it truly was.