Guatemala Volcanic Eruption Spews Lava for Miles; Death Toll Rises

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(From NBC News)

At least 69 people were killed when a volcano in Guatemala spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas, authorities said late Monday.

The Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, began erupting Sunday.

Hours later, fast-moving flows surprised communities that had not been ordered to evacuate. Ash spread through the sky, and blanketed Guatemala City, some 40 miles away.

More than 3,200 residents of communities near the volcano were evacuated, officials said.

Fanuel Garcia, director of the National Institute of Forensic Sciences, said that 69 bodies had been recovered. Just 17 of them had been identified, the institute said in a statement Monday night.

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