Fuego volcano news & eruption updates:
Fuego volcano (Guatemala), eruption news: spectacular explosions and lava flows
Fuego volcano is in a particularly active phase. We received a report from Suzanne De Berge who witnessed its eruption:
Last evening (August 8, 2007) Fuego produced a spectacular eruption as seen from Antigua. Apparently the resulting flow of lava, etc., was primarily down the south and west flanks, the opposite side from Antigua. There appeared to be some lava flow down the eastern flank, but it was difficult to be certain, as there were clouds obscuring the view. We first became aware of the eruption at around 6:45, but it may have been in progress for some time. It continued until at least 10 pm Guatemala time, but at that time either stopped or was too obscured by clouds for us to see continued activity.
This morning there is a small constant plume of steam or ash.
Strombolian activity at Guatemala's Fire Mountain "Fuego" remains high. INSIVUMEH reports exposions of typically 50-100 m height, although sometimes stronger explosions, such as one on on 1 July throw lava to up to 300 m.A new lava flow, about 250 m long, and headed towards the Río Taniluyá river had started on 27 June from the secondary vent. The older flow, mostly active in March-April, originating from the summit crater, continues slowly as well.[more]
Two lava flows are active at Fuego volcano, travelling through the Santa Teresa and Taniluya ravines, 200 and 500 m long. Strong turbine-like noise from degassing at the crater is audible.... [more]
Fuego volcano remains in a relatively active phase with strong stromblian activity. Ash plumes from explosions reach 4-5 km altitude and occasional ash fall occurs mainly in areas SSE and W of the cone.... [more]
Activity at Fuego seems to be increasing.
INSIVUMEH reported that incandescent material from Fuego was ejected 200 m above the summit on 15 March. The activity was accompanied by rumbling noises and shockwaves that vibrated windows several kilometers away. Two lava flows were observed; one traveled about 1,500 m W toward the Taniluyá River valley. An ash plume drifted S and SW. On 16 March, Strombolian activity propelled material 300 m above the summit and shockwaves were felt as far as 15 km away. The lava flows from 15 March advanced and three more flows were observed in different ravines on 16 March. Ash plumes rose to an altitude of 5.4 km (17,799 ft) a.s.l. and drifted S, SW, and E. Two pyroclastic flows traveled about 800 m; one NW and another W and SW.
INSIVUMEH reported on 9 and 13 March that explosions from Fuego produced ash plumes that rose to altitudes of 4-4.2 km (13,000-13,800 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SE. Rumbling noises were heard from surrounding villages. Lava flows extended ~100-150 m W toward the Taniluyá River valley and avalanches occurred from the lava-flow fronts. On 12 March, incandescent material was ejected about 15-20 m above the central crater.... [more]