Guatemala town destroyed by volcano t...

Guatemala town destroyed by volcano thought it was safe

Jun 7, 2018 Read more: SFGate
SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) - Orlando Paez plans never to go back to his hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes, where he narrowly escaped an onrushing river of superheated volcanic ash as his dying neighbors screamed for help. "I don't know what they are going to do with this land," Paez said days after Guatemala's Volcano of Fire violently erupted, "but please, nobody should ever be allowed to live there again." A good question is why authorities ever allowed it in the first place. Nestled on the flanks of the extremely active volcano, the village was square in the path of a gulch that channeled the downhill flow of fast-moving hot rock, ash and debris when the mountain erupted Sunday, burying homes up to their rooftops.

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