Photos from deadly Guatemala volcano show area totally covered in ash, as nearly 300 are confirmed dead or missing

  • Images from Escuintla, Guatemala, show the strange blanket of white ash that has descended on the area.
  • 75 people are dead and 192 missing after the Volcán de Fuego erupted on Sunday.
  • Secondary eruptions and lava flows have forced even more people to evacuate.


Authorities in Guatemala have released otherworldly photos of the area around a recently-erupted volcano covered in white ash, as almost 300 people are declared missing or dead after an eruption.

The images show the city of Escuintla, part of the disaster zone around the Volcán de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire," which erupted on Sunday.

They were taken by the Guatemalan National Civil Police during the disaster operation, which has so far confirmed 75 deaths. 192 more people are still missing.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of people who live near the volcano were still trying to evacuate, as new lava flows were pushed from the volcano in a secondary eruption.

According to The Associated Press:

"A column of smoke rose from the mountain Tuesday afternoon and hot volcanic material began descending its south side, prompting new evacuation orders for a half dozen communities and the closure of a national highway.

"The country's seismology and vulcanology institute said the smoke billowing from the volcano's top could produce a 'curtain' of ash that could reach 20,000 feet above sea level, posing a danger to air traffic."

The rescue operation is expected to continue on Wednesday, and the toll may rise further.

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Picture taken in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, which was also flooded with hot mud that descended from the Fuego Volcano, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 two days after the eruption. - Rescue workers search more bodies from under the dust and rubble left by an explosive eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano, bringing the death toll to at least 69. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, which was also flooded with hot mud that descended from the Fuego Volcano, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 two days after the eruption. - Rescue workers search more bodies from under the dust and rubble left by an explosive eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano, bringing the death toll to at least 69. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, which was also flooded with hot mud that descended from the Fuego Volcano, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 two days after the eruption. - Rescue workers search more bodies from under the dust and rubble left by an explosive eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano, bringing the death toll to at least 69. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, which was also flooded with hot mud that descended from the Fuego Volcano, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 two days after the eruption. - Rescue workers search more bodies from under the dust and rubble left by an explosive eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano, bringing the death toll to at least 69. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A rescue worker is pictured among the debris in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, two days after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, on June 5, 2018. - Rescue workers pulled more bodies from under the dust and rubble left by an explosive eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano, bringing the death toll to at least 69. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the damage casued by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes, a village in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, taken on June 4, 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 Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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
Smoke billows from the ashes in San Miguel Los Lotes, a village in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018, a day after the eruption of the 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)
ALOTENANGO, GUATEMALA - JUNE 05: A firefighter is seen while he is searching along with other firefighters for their missing colleague in the area affected by the volcanic eruption in Alotenango, Guatemala on June 05, 2018. At least 69 people have been killed and many others were injured when the Fuego Volcano, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital Guatemala City, erupted on Monday. (Photo by Fabricio Alonzo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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