Santiaguito , Guatemala : new eruption accompanied by columns of thick ash up to 4,500 meters.

Santiaguito , Guatemala : new eruption accompanied by columns of thick ash up to 4,500 meters.

Guatemala April 29, 2016, 7:10 p.m..

Volcano Special Bulletin. Santiaguito volcano.

Activity type : Peléenne
Morphology: Complex dacitic domes
Geographical location: 14 ° 44 ’33 “N Latitude 91 ° 34′ 13” W Longitude
Height: 2500m.

Santiaguito volcano, which during the month of April was at its highest level of explosive activity, made a new eruption at 18:48 (local time), accompanied by columns of thick ash up to 4,500 meters. They move to the West Southwest, a distance that can reach more than 40 km, causing ash falls in San Felipe Retalhuleu, El Nuevo Palmar, Las Marias, Aldea Loma Linda, San Marcos Palajunoj ,Fincas El Faro ,La Florida Patzulin , El Patrocinio and others in this area.
These eruptions generate pyroclastic flows down from the dome of Caliente crater on the east and west sides, until the rivers of Cabello de Angel and San Isidro, with a length of 3 km. This activity was accompanied by rumbling and shock waves.

This explosive activity was the highest recorded in the past two years, from February with 6 events and in late March, it restarts with 32 eruptions until April 29.
It is necessary to mention that the recorded eruptions observed in recent days are more violent, with the expulsion of ballistic projectiles of different sizes at a distance of 3 km.
So it is possible that occur violent eruptions similar or higher than May 9, 2014.

Therefore, the INSIVUMEH recommends:

-A CONRED, taking into account that the activity of Santiaguito volcano increases in energy, with the ability to generate similar or stronger eruptions, it is necessary to take precautions deemed necessary and maintain the alert status. Especially for Loma Linda and San Marcos Palajujoj villages which are most affected by the constant ash falls that can cause breathing problems, stomach problems and affect the view of the people.
-A Directorate General of Civil Aviation, to take precautions with air traffic, as there is ash in the atmosphere over a distance of 40 kilometers to the west, the southwest perimeter of the volcano Santiaguito at the height of 4000 meters, with the possibility of being transported over long distances.

April 30 , 2016.Santiaguito , Guatemala :

Source : Insivumeh

Photo : Cesar Calel , Jóvenes El Cordero.

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