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Authorities in Guatemala say six people have been killed and 20 injured by the eruption of a volcano southwest of the capital.

He said on radio a river of lava has overwhelmed a village.

Six people are dead and 20 have been injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday.

Volcan de Fuego, whose name means "Volcano of Fire", spewed an 8-kilometer (5-mile) stream of red hot lava and belched a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions.

After awakening on Sunday, and for the second time this year, the Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) has generated strong pyroclastic flows in the Barrancas de Cenizas, Mineral, Seca, Taniluya, Las Lajas and Barranca Honda localities, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala (Conred) said.

An eruption of volcano, Volcan de Fuego, has killed at least six people in Guatemala. "There are injured, burned and dead people", he said. Some 3,100 people have been evacuated from the area.

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"It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village".

Ash fell on the Guatemala City area as well as the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla, which are in south-central Guatemala around the volcano.

It is close to the popular tourist destination Antigua, which is known for its coffee plantations.

The volcano's peak soars 3,763 meters above sea level.

Workers and guests were evacuated from La Reunion golf club near Antigua as a black cloud of ash rose from just beyond the club's limits. Guatemala's nearby airport, La Aurora International, shut down due to the eruption. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius). "This is an bad place to be, if you are ever around an erupting volcano like this and you see a cloud moving along the ground towards you, RUN".

A disaster authority spokesman said a change in wind direction was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the capital.


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