14/03/2015. Turrialba, Popocatepetl , Santa Maria.

14/03/2015. Turrialba, Popocatepetl , Santa Maria.

Turrialba, Costa Rica :

The eruption of the Turrialba volcano continues. With a column that rises more than 1 km above the crater, it is one of the most violent eruptions of the past 20 years. For now we note several eruptive ash emissions.
The volcano was calm, but he again had another eruption, the fourth at about 04: 30h in the morning yesterday with five or explosion that caused eruptive plumes of over 1500 m above the crater .


The San Jose International Airport was closed due to ash fall, and even if there were no reports of evacuations, civil defense is preparing to evacuate people living near the volcano, if its activity continues to increase.

Currently, we do not know what will happen, but it is clear that these eruptions are caused by the arrival of new magma.

Volcanologists are examining samples of material expelled by the volcano to determine if it there is fresh magma. Eliécer González Duarte, a volcanologist from the Department of monitoring the OVSICORI, told The Tico Times
“Until now, we just have no visual confirmation on levels of magma s amounting,” he has said, “but the characteristics of explosions suggest that the levels of the magma could be more and more inside the crater. “


Earlier Friday, the agents of the National Police have closed all the main access roads to the volcano, allowing passage only to residents and workers in neighboring communities.

Following the recommendations of the National Emergency Commission, officials from the Ministry of Education has suspended classes in 19 schools: 12 in Turrialba and 7 in other cantons of Cartago.

Sources : Avcan, The Tico Times
Photos : Ovsicori, Reuters.

Popocatepetl, Mexique :

March 13 11:00 am (1700 GMT March 13)

In the last 24 hours the Popocatepetl volcano monitoring system recorded 6 exhalations, which have not even been observed due to cloud cover prevailing during that period; however, they were probably accompanied by water vapor, gases and small amounts of ashes.
Similarly, in clear moments he could see the glow in the crater at night.


At the time of this report, there is no visibility of the volcano due to the presence of clouds, however, in the morning, a steam emission and gas to the north was observed.

CENAPRED urged not to approach the volcano crater and above, because of the danger of falling ballistic fragments as mentioned in the report.

Source : Cenapred.
Photo : Daniel Rivero R.

Santa Maria , Guatemala :

14,756 ° N, 91,552 ° W
Elevation 3772 m

INSIVUMEH reported that during 5-6 March explosions from Caliente cone, part of Santa María’s Santiaguito lava-dome complex, generated ash plumes that rose 500 m and caused ashfall in Monte Claro (S). Lava-dome incandescence was observed at night.



Explosions during 7-8 March generated ash plumes that rose 500 m and drifted W. During 9-10 March explosions generated ash plumes that rose 500 m and drifted S and SW, causing ashfall in San Marcos (10 km SW), Palajunoj (18 km SSW), Las Marías, and San Felipe Retalhuleu (27 km SSW). Avalanches descended the E flank of Caliente cone.

Source : GVP.
Photo : Volcanodiscovery.

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