More Than 60 Dead in Guatemala Following Volcanic Explosion
Rescue workers pulled at least 10 people alive from ash and mud flows around Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego on Monday.
The country's national disaster agency reported at least 62 people have died since the volcano exploded Sunday. Officials say the number is expected to rise.
Volcan de Fuego means Volcano of Fire in English. It is one of several active volcanoes in Guatemala. It sits 44 kilometers west of Guatemala City, the country's capital.
The volcano sits close to Antigua, a former capital during Spanish colonial rule. The United Nations has recognized the town as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Ash fell Sunday on Guatemala City as well as nearby areas. Streets and houses in Antigua were also covered.
The explosion sent a huge cloud of ash several kilometers into the air. Extremely hot flows of ash mixed with water and debris, blocking some roads and burning homes.
The land left behind was still too hot to touch or to recover bodies from many places. In some areas, rescue workers' shoes even melted.
Hilda Lopez said the volcanic mud flowed into her village of San Miguel Los Lotes, close to the mountain. Lopez said she still does not know where her mother or sister are.
"We were at a party, celebrating the birth of a baby, when one of the neighbors shouted at us to come out and see the that lava was coming," Lopez remembered.
"We didn't believe it, and when we went out the hot mud was already coming down the street."
"My mother was stuck there, she couldn't get out," said Lopez, crying and holding her face in her hands.
In the village of El Rodeo, people said they did not learn of the danger until it was too late. Some were critical of government officials.
Rafael Letran, who lives in El Rodeo, said the disaster agency "never told us to leave. When the lava was already here they passed by in their pickup trucks telling...us to leave, but the cars did not stop to pick people up."
The disaster agency said more than 3,200 people had left affected areas.
Volcan de Fuego is one of Central America's most active volcanoes. The very top of it reaches a height of 3,763 meters above sea level.
The eruption on Sunday was the volcano's most powerful explosion in more than 40 years.
1.at least 至少
He's been away for at least a week.
2.sea level 海平面
The melting ice caused a rise in sea level.
3.active volcanoes 活火山
Iceland is one of the few places on Earth where active volcanoes lie below icecaps.
4.pickup trucks 小货车
Do you realize how many pickup trucks there are on the road?
5.The land left behind was still too hot to touch or to recover bodies from many places.
left behind 遗留；留下
Once the eggs have hatched the shells are left behind.
His wife left behind her two little girls.
6."We were at a party, celebrating the birth of a baby, when one of the neighbors shouted at us to come out and see the that lava was coming," Lopez remembered.
come out 出现；出版
The book comes out this week.
The truth is beginning to come out about what happened.
周一，救援人员从危地马拉的富埃戈火山(Volcan de Fuego)附近的火山灰和岩浆中救出至少10名幸存者。
希尔达·洛佩兹（Hilda Lopez）表示，火山岩浆涌进她的村庄——火山附近的San Miguel Los Lotes村。洛佩兹表示，她还没找到母亲和妹妹 。
在El Rodeo村，人们称他们直到为时已晚才知道危险。有人批评了政府官员 。
埃尔罗迪欧村的Rafael Letran表示，救灾机构“从未通知我们逃离。当岩浆近在眼前时，他们才开着皮卡车经过，告诉我们赶快撤离，但却没有停车让人们搭乘 。”