Stunning before-and-after satellite photos show how one of the most active volcanoes in Central America scorched the Earth near Guatemala

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  • At least 99 people have died after Volcan de Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, erupted several times this week.
  • The village of San Miguel Los Lotes was hit particularly hard, with much of the village engulfed in mud, ash and debris.
  • Satellite images of the area around Volcan de Fuego’ reveal how the damage looks from space.

At least 99 people have died after Volcan de Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, erupted several times this week.

They were the volcano’s most powerful eruptions in decades, sending lava pouring into nearby areas and shooting ash 6 miles into the sky. Thousands of people have fled to temporary shelters as mud and ash blanketed surrounding towns.

Satellite images of surrounding areas show how the damage wreaked by the volcano looks from space. The following before-and-after images were taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Earth-imaging satellite.

Volcan de Fuego is located 27 miles southwest of Guatemala City, about 10 miles from the popular tourist destination of Antigua Guatemala.

See the before-and-after photos which depict the volcano’s mass devastation below:


San Miguel Los Lotes — February 5, 2018

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The village of San Miguel Los Lotes was hit particularly hard, with much of the village engulfed in mud, ash and debris.


San Miguel Los Lotes — June 6, 2018

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San Miguel los Lotes, along with the towns of El Rodeo and Alotenango, was the site of most casualties. Some who managed to escape have claimed ash and mud buried people alive.

Thick, grey ash hardened by rainfall made it difficult for rescue services to reach homes in the area.


La Reunion Golf Course — April 7, 2017

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Just miles away from the volcano, La Reunion Golf Course has hosted the PGA Tour Latinoamerica event since 2014, with the most recent event held there in March.


La Reunion Golf Course — June 6, 2018

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But this week the course was submerged under thick sheets of mud and debris.

Satellite photos show much of the course, and several major structures, were completely destroyed by extensive flows.

Rescue missions are still underway, with more than 1.7 million people in nearby communities affected by the eruptions and nearly 200 people remain missing.

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