The Fuego volcano maintained its eruptive phase that began at 19:30 am Tuesday, February 9th. Moderate and loud explosions were observed in the early hours of the day and fine particles of ash falls were reported in Chimaltenango, Guatemala Antigua, Alotenango and Ciudad Vieja. With the scattering of ashes because of the wind direction, it is possible to record fine particles falls in Guatemala City.
According to the Special BEVFO Volcanological Bulletin No. 26-2016 of the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology -INSIVUMEH-, explosions generated a strong incandescent up to 400 meters above the crater and a column ash to a height of about 5000 meters above sea level, moving towards the North and the Eastover a distance of 25 to 30 kilometers away.
The eruption produced lava flows in the direction of Trinidad canyons, Las Lajas and Santa Teresa, reaching lengths between 1200 and 2000 meters. Avalanche from the edge of the crater are descended in the canyons of Trinidad and Las Lajas. Rumblings and explosions generate shock waves and cause vibration of roofs and windows on more than 25 kilometers from the volcano.
According to the bulletin of the scientific organ of the Sistema Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción of Desastres -CONRED-, the eruption of the Fuego volcano can generate pyroclastic flows, volcanic clouds, descending from the volcano by canyons Las Lajas and El Jute and other canyons around the volcano.
The Executive Secretariat of the CONRED by the Unidad de Prevención of Volcanes, maintains communication and monitoring with local authorities, municipal and departmental, on additional changes that could present the volcano. Recommending that people living in surrounding areas to avoid rumors, covering food and water reservoirs, and evacuate when authorities deem it necessary.
At the Directorate General of Civil Aviation -DGAC-, it is recommended to take precautions with air navigation because of the ash plume moving in a northeast direction over a distance of 30 kilometers and can be extend depending on the evolution of the eruption.
INSIVUMEH be noted that the fourth episode of effusive activity of the Fuego for 2016 began on February 29 , lasted about 48 hours. At the beginning of the episode, ash plumes reached up to 1.3 km altitude and drifted 15 km to the South and Southwest, with lava fountains which amounted to 100- 150 m above the crater. In a special report on 2 March, the INSIVUMEH noted that explosions had persisted although seismicity had decreased. Explosions, detected up to 25 km, ash plumes which amounted 2.3 km above the crater and drifted 40km to the west , the northwest were recorded. Ash fell in Sangre de Cristo, Morelia, Panimaché I and II, , Yepocapa. A lava flow of 3 km long has advanced in the Honda ravine. Later that day, at 19:30, the INSIVUMEH said the effusive episode had ended. But weak explosions have generated ash plumes which amounted to 750 m and drifted 10 km to the west-northwest. During the 3 and 5/6 March the explosions continued, producing ash plumes which amounted to 550 m and drifted 8 of 10 km to the West, the Southwest and the Southeast.
March 11, 2016.Fuego, Guatemala :
14,473 ° N, 90.88 ° W
Summit : 3763 m
Source : Conred, GVP.
Photos : Jean Michel Labbé.