Six people are dead or missing and 20 have been injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday sending a river of lava flowing into a village.
Fuego is one of three active volcanos in Guatemala.
A disaster authority spokesman said a change in wind direction was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the capital.
Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defence staffers tried to relocate them to shelters during the event.
Earlier, Conred chief Sergio Cabanas and President Jimmy Morales held a news conference, saying that the eruption left seven dead, 20 injured and affected more than 1.7 million people.
"This is a deadly eruption", tweeted volcanologist Janine Krippner of Concord University. Image of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala erupting at twilight.
Seven people have been killed and almost 300 injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, officials say.
Israel said Monday it would send emergency aid money to Guatemala after a deadly volcanic eruption left at least 25 people dead and cities covered in ash.
A man using a pay phone protects himself with an umbrella from a light rain of volcanic ash in Guatemala. Three bodies lay partially buried in ash-coloured debris from the volcano, which lies about 44km from Guatemala City.
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Hundreds of people were injured when it exploded, spewing ash and molten rock for miles around.
"Not everyone was able to get out".
"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez said.
FILE: Soldiers sweep the ash covered tarmac at La Aurora International Airport after Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala 3 June 2018.
A river of lava spilled into El Rodeo village, destroying houses and burning people inside, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (Conred). Most of those who died were in the towns of El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes.
Police officers help the rescue effort in El Rodeo village.
It is close to the popular tourist destination Antigua, which is known for its coffee plantations.
The capital's worldwide airport has also been closed due to the danger the ash poses to planes.