The eruption killed a reporter from CNN affiliate Noti 7 and left three children between the age of twelve. missing. Later that day, two villagers from El Bejucal were confirmed dead because of the eruption, as said by David de Leon, spokesman for the national disaster commission. All of the three victims were crushed by rocks strewn by the volcano.
The eruption of Guatemala’s Pacaya (located about 15 miles or 25 kms south of Guatemala City), began about 7 pm (9 pm ET) last Thursday.
15 days of State of Calamity was declared by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and called for calm as the eruption spreads ash over the capital. This caused prompting evacuations and also the city’s international airport have been shut down.
The government urged residents of the villages not to leave their homes unless there was an urgent need. At least 1,600 people closest to the volcano from the villages have been evacuated to shelters.