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Guatemala volcano in pictures

The Fuego Volcano in eruption, seen from Alotenango municipality Image copyright AFP

The Fuego volcano, about 40km (25 miles) south-west of Guatemala's capital, erupted on 3 June, killing at least 25 people.

A rescue worker carries a child covered with ash Image copyright Reuters

Emergency services worked through the night after lava flows hit El Rodeo and other towns on the slopes of Fuego.

A rescue worker and a woman covered with ash Image copyright Reuters

It was Guatemala's deadliest volcanic eruption for more than a century. President Jimmy Morales declared three days of national mourning.

A man steps through debris in an area affected by eruption from Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 4, 2018 Image copyright Reuters

A mix of red-hot rock and gas, known as a pyroclastic flow, plunged down the mountainside and engulfed villages.

Fuego volcano pictured after it erupted violently Image copyright Reuters

Unlike slow-moving lava, which people may be able to escape from on foot, pyroclastic flows can reach extremely high speeds.

Cars and trucks jumbled up and covered with ash in San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala (June 4, 2018) Image copyright Reuters

Fast-moving flows hit villages, killing people inside their homes. Hundreds were injured and many are missing.

People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department Image copyright AFP

Volcanic ash rose many kilometres into the sky, and fell as far away as the capital, Guatemala City.

A police officer wearing a blue breathing mask stumbles while running away from a new pyroclastic flow spewed by the Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala (June 4, 2018) Image copyright Reuters

Residents have been told to wear masks as protection in four regions. A total of 1.7 million people were affected by the eruption.

A man carries belongings from an area affected by an eruption from Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala (June 4, 2018) Image copyright Reuters

Temporary shelters have been set up for survivors, including the one below in the city of Escuintla, south of Guatemala City.

A man lies on a hard floor in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018 Image copyright AFP

The military has provided assistance, clearing volcanic ash from the runway at Guatemala City's La Aurora airport.

Soldiers sweep the ash covered tarmac at La Aurora International Airport Image copyright Reuters

Another eruption in February this year sent ash 1.7km (1.1 mile) into the sky, but Sunday's event was on a much greater scale.

Police carry a wounded man in El Rodeo village Image copyright AFP

More eruptions from the Fuego volcano are feared.

A soldier keeps watch at a restricted area affected by an eruption from Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala, June 4, 2018 Image copyright Reuters

Read the full story of the eruption here.

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