Intense eruption and pyroclastic flows of Fuego in Guatemala. The evacuation of the surrounding agricultural workers and employees of the « finca La Reunion » takes place.
a peak in activity with lava fountains and lava flows occurred at the volcano recently. It seems that activity with increasing effusion rate began during the night Sunday-Monday, as the volcano observatory reported a new lava flow on the southern flank the next morning. It was headed towards the Las Lajas and El Jute drainages and had reached 1500 m length by Monday morning.
By Monday evening 21:15, the flow was almost 2 km long and intermittent strombolian explosions at the summit had merged into pulsating low lava fountains, generating an ash plume that rose approx. 1.5 km and drifted 20 km west and southwest.
Due to the increased activity of the Volcan de Fuego and pyroclastic flow generation that came down in the afternoon, there are reported ash fall near the volcano affecting the populations of Panimache I, Morelia, Hagia Sophia, Porvenir Panimache II, Sangre de Cristo, San Pedro Yepocapa, Rochelle, Ceylon, San Andrés Osuna, El Zapote, Siquinalá, Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, Mazatenango, Patulul and Cocales.
The OVFGO reports the pyroclastic flow generation continues on the southern flank of the volcano, to the canyon Las Lajas and El Jute, which, in their descent raise a thick column of gray ash to a height of 5,300 meters, moving to the South , southwest and west of the volcanic complex.
The lava emission continue , , forming a downward flow south to Las Lajas Canyon with a length of 2,500 meters.
In the village of Sangre de Cristo, located in the west of the volcanic complex, it is reported the presence of ash and rain falls, the combination of these factors leads to the formation of sludge.
It is important to note that at this time the wind has a southwest trend, it is likely that ash falls were reported in the departments of Escuintla and Suchitepequez, as indicated in the plan of dispersion of the ashes, although the presence of occasional rain was a motif for reduction of the dispersion zone.
Municipalities and the cities must protect water sources from contamination due to the presence of ash.
November 11, 2015. Fuego, Guatemala :
Source : Insivumeh, Volcanodiscovery,
Photo : Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes / Alerta Roja