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Tientallen doden na eruptie vulkaan Fuego in Guatemala

06/06/2018
Graphic News

June 6, 2018 -- Het dodental na de eruptie van de vulkaan Fuego in Guatemala heeft
de 75 bereikt. Zeker 192 mensen worden vermist. Pyroclastische
stromen en vulkanische gassen bedreigen dorpen rond de berg

Explosions intensified Wednesday, sending pyroclastic flows -- a mix of ash, molten rock and volcanic gases that can be more dangerous than lava -- streaming down the volcano’s south side.

The village of El Rodeo was devastated by lahars, a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris and water. In steep areas, lahars can exceed speeds of 200 km/h (120mph).

Guatemala’s disaster agency said 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities, and ashfall was affecting an area with about 1.7 million of country’s 15 million or so people. Shelters have been opened for those forced to flee. Sunday's eruption was the biggest since 1974.


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