BREAKING: Deadly Eruption of Guatemalan Volcano Worst in 40 Years

God is King of His creation. But His creation groans for liberation from the curse of sin and death we brought upon it.

At least 25 are dead and hundreds wounded after an explosive eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano Sunday. It was the most devastating eruption the nation had seen since 1974. With entire regions unreachable currently, the death toll is expected to rise.

Mere weeks after the eruption of Kilauea wreaked havoc on Hawaii's Big Island, destroying numerous homes, Guatemalans are now facing their own very sudden, and potentially even more violent volcanic disaster. Fuego is located about 25 miles southwest of Guatemala City, which has already been affected by ash from the eruption, which spewed nearly 6 miles into the air. One local village, El Rodeo, was reportedly struck by a river of lava that wiped out houses before residents could escape. Other villages may have suffered similar fates. In all, over 3000 people have been evacuated, and nearly 2 million may be impacted by the effects of the volcano across the country.​

​Unlike Hawaii’s recent eruption, the Guatemalan event Sunday produced huge pyroclastic flows--massive avalanches of superheated ash, rocks, toxic gas, and debris that can reach hundreds of degrees and travel at jet speeds. Such flows can be the deadliest aspects of volcanic activity--these were the lethal forces at Vesuvius that famously overwhelmed Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79, instantly killing thousands and entombing them in ash for centuries. Multiple videos online Sunday showed Guatemalan citizens fleeing the rapidly approaching clouds on foot or in vehicles speeding to elusive safety. If Mercy maintains moderate casualty numbers, the most critical element in the story will no doubt be low population densities in the path of the pyroclastic flows--hopefully.

Pray. Pray for mercy on the people of Guatemala. For healing, for comfort, and for salvation.

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. - Rom 8:19-24a (ESV)

Kyrie eleison.

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a.2nd.civil.war.vet
a.2nd.civil.war.vet

I was just going to go vacation there in July, but I don't know now.

TexasGrandma
TexasGrandma

I understand that we humans pay a price for sinful living....but humans were duped....and Satan duped them by introducing sin. God has a plan to give all understanding and a different way of life....each being responsible for our own actions. Have you not ever been deceived? Eve was deceived and Adam followed her....along with the rest of mankind, most of whom are absolutely clueless. Thanks!

etbass
etbass

@TexasGrandma

No, we share it along with Satan. God punished Adam, Eve and the serpent. We are responsible for our sin and will suffer everlasting consequences without receiving the salvation by Christ's atonement. Satan will as well.

Eve twisted God's word and disobeyed, as did Adam. Satan didn't make them do it. And in case people don't understand, it wasn't about fruit per se. It was that they rejected God's sovereignty and his one rule, and wanted to be "like God". The original sin is rejection of God's authority, which is at the heart of every sin since.

TexasGrandma
TexasGrandma

Satan bought the curse of sin and death to humans and we have been under the curse....not the cause of it. Regardless, God will deliver us. Disasters as outlined in Revelation will prove to humans who is truly Almighty!