Guatemala: Santiaguito Volcano undergoes several changes
Representatives of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (Conred) report changes in the Santiaguito Volcano. Conrad staff in Retalhuleu reported that the Santiaguito volcano tends to widen due to the intense activity that has been maintained.
Pedro Perez, coach of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), in Retalhuleu, said the recent activity of the volcano, has caused changes in its structure, because the material located in the crater area is being removed causing it to widen.
He added that an explosion last Monday night registered a thunderstorm caused due to the particles released by the volcano and having positive and negative charge.
A newsletter published by the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (Insivumeh) specifies that at 22.39 hours on the last Monday, a loud explosion that sent ash particles to 5000 meters above sea level was recorded.
In Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, residents reported that a thin layer of ash covered crops, vegetables and roofs of houses, and in some communities south of San Marcos.
The Santiaguito volcano is located in the department of Quetzaltenango, in the western highlands of Guatemala at 2550 meters altitude.
Located 11 km from the city of Quetzaltenango, it is visited by many tourists and local mountaineers who are attracted by the adventure that represents observe their explosions and admire a hostile landscape, compared to other volcanoes in Guatemala.
Among the peculiarities of this volcano is its location, attached to the foothills of the Santa Maria volcano.
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June 22 , 2016.Santiaguito, Guatemala :
Source : TN8