The volcano Chaparrastique continues its strong degassing.
The picture at 10:42 that day with the webcam of MARN, shows that persists a strong degassing of the crater mixed with clouds. It is observed that the gas plume is transported to the Southwest of the cone by the prevailing wind in the area.
Analysis of data obtained from the flow of gas emitted by the volcano reflects an average rate exceeding 1,500 tons / day of sulfur dioxide. Suggesting the existence of a deep hot magma body moving in the degassing process.
In the last 24 hours, the seismic vibration of the volcano, recorded by the seismic station VSM, located at 1,700 meters above sea level on the northern flank of the volcano has fluctuated between 154 and 190 units per hour RSAM with an average of 175 units, which exceeds the acceptable threshold of 150 RSAM units. However, a trend of gradual decline was observed, suggesting a decompression of the volcanic system.
The gases from the volcano’s crater are transported by the wind direction, so that communities living in the area may perceive a smell of sulfur. In response, the use of masks or wet tissues is recommended when it is noticed a sulfur odor. Then you try to leave the area.
Degassing the volcano continues intensively, so it is recommended not to be at the top of the volcanic cone because of the danger of material expelled by a sudden explosion, as well as damage to the airways due to magmatic gases being emitted by the volcano.
MARN continues its enhanced surveillance, maintains close communication with the General Directorate of Civil Protection and local observers.
The Ministry invites journalists and people not to approach the top of the volcano due to the degree of danger it presents.
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June 26 , 2016.Chaparrastique ( San Miguel) , El Salvador :
Source : Marn.