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The erupted on Sunday and has killed at least 25 people and injured around 300 people, officials said.

Shocking footage from the Guatemala volcano shows terrified residents run from a huge ash cloud fast approaching the onlookers. 

The video from Twitter appears to show residents capturing photos of the huge ash cloud when a thick plume of smoke explodes several feet into the sky and quickly approaches bystanders.

Volcan del Fuego, which is located only 27 miles from Guatemala City, is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America and its last eruption was in February. 

The general secretary of Guatemala’s Conred disaster agency, Sergio Cabanas, said: “It’s a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village.

“There are injured, burned and dead people.”

The general secretary also confirmed that four people died as a result of lava setting a home on fire while two children were burned to death as they watched the eruption from a nearby bridge.

Another victim was found by volunteer firefighters in the streets of El Rodeo and later died in the ambulance. 

Fuego gushed a huge stream of lava and engulfed the sky in a thick plume of ash that covered the nation’s capital.

Mario Cruz, the spokesman for the volunteer firefighter corps, said that 3,100 people had evacuated the area so far.

Guatemala transport services have been ground to a halt, with the capital’s La Aurora international airport shutting down its only runway due to falling ash. 

David de Leon, a spokesman for the National Disaster Prevention Authority, urged people to remain calm.

He said: “It is important to remain calm because the Fuego volcano erupts throughout the year.”

A volcano survivor, who appears to be covered in head to toe with ash and mud, said she fears her family have been buried after lava engulfed her home.

In footage from CONRED, the survivor said: “Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried.”


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