Guatemala volcano explodes again, evacuations ordered

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's Fuego volcano exploded again on Tuesday, sending rescue workers scrambling for cover beneath the smoking peak, as the death toll from the weekend's eruption rose to at least 72.

National disaster agency CONRED ordered evacuations and said that hot gas and molten rock were streaming from the volcano, which produced its biggest eruption in more than four decades on Sunday, showering ash on a wide area and sending lava flows through nearby towns.

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Displaced people take a break as they leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A man rides a motorcycle while displaced people leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people travel on a truck to leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people travel on a motorcycle to leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Firefighters carry a man on a stretcher near an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people take a break as they leave an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people travel on a motorcycle from an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Firefighters carry a man on a stretcher near an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people walk along a road from an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people walk along a road from an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A firefighter gestures on a road near an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people walk along a road from an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Displaced people walk along a road from an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Firefighters help a comrade who collapsed near an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Firefighters aid a man near an area affected by the eruption of Fuego volcano in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Soldiers inspect an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Soldiers inspect an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Firefighters hold rescued animals at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A firefighter holds rescued animals at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A man gestures as a power shovel removes ash at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Policemen inspect at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Policemen's boots are seen at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Rescue workers remove ash at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Rescue workers inspect an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A firefighter carries a dog at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A firefighter carries a dog at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A policeman covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, is seen at an area affected in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A man covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, is seen at an area affected in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Policemen walk at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A soldier walks at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A man covered with ash after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, is seen at an area affected in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Rescue workers gather next to a roof covered in ash at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Members of the Guatemala's National Disaster Management Agency (CONRED) take a break before continuing the search for bodies at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at El Rodeo in Escuintla, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
A rescue worker carries bags with water after Fuego volcano erupted in Alotenango, Guatemala June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of Fuego volcano. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of Fuego volcano. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of Fuego volcano. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of Fuego volcano. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer carries a baby after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of Fuego volcano. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers carry a wounded man after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of Fuego volcano. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A volunteer firefighter cries after leaving El Rodeo village in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, following the eruption of the Fuego Volcano. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A woman is attended by firefighters after hearing a relative is among the victim's bodies at a morgue in Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, after the eruption of Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
Municipal employees sweep up ash after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in Guatemala City, on June 3, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A volunteer firefighter carries a child after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Relatives wait for information about their relatives outside a morgue in Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, after the eruption of Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of Fuego volcano. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A police officer looks at victim's bodies at a morgue in Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, after the eruption of Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. - At least 25 people were killed, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers and soldiers work in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man looks at the Fuego Volcano in eruption, from Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 3, 2018. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers work in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. (Photo by NOE PEREZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A street is covered in ash from the Fuego Volcano in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez department, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 3, 2018. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
Ash from the Fuego Volcano is seen on a street and on a building in Antigua, Sacatepequez department, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars are covered in ashes from the Fuego Volcano in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez department, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 3, 2018. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman carries an elderly evacuee in Alotenango, Sacatepequez department, 55 km southwest of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Before evacuations were ordered, authorities said the death toll had risen to at least 72, three higher than on Monday.

Volcan de Fuego, which means "Volcano of Fire" in Spanish, is one of several active volcanoes among 34 in the Central American country. It lies near the colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site that has survived several major eruptions.

The latest activity has been mostly on the far side of the volcano, facing the Pacific coast.

The eruption on Sunday sent columns of ash and smoke 6.2 miles (10 km) into the sky, dusting several regions with ash. Thousands of people have been evacuated, CONRED said.

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