Fuego volcano news & eruption update
Fuego volcano (Guatemala): increase of activity, strombolian explosions, pyroclastic flow
Thursday Dec 31, 2015 00:35 AM | BY: T
Strombolian eruption at Fuego last night
The activity at Fuego might be picking up towards a new paroxysm (eruptive phase with strongly increased effusion rate, resulting in lava fountaining and lava flows).
Ash plume from a starting pyroclastic flow on the southern slope (view from SW)
We camped on the SW side of the volcano last night, and observed mild to strong strombolian explosions that occurred at intervals between 1 and 10 minutes. The strongest explosions sent incandescent material to heights of up to approx. 500 m and similar distances. One particularly intense explosion was accompanied by a very strong shock wave.
Although not seen directly from our location, a pyroclastic flow occurred around 10:15 (local time): we observed the co-ignimbrite ash plume rising from what was likely a collapse of a new lava flow on the southern slope. According to staff at the Panimache volcano observatory, who confirmed our observation, the pyroclastic flow could have reached a length of 7 km and seems to herald the start of the 14th paroxysm of Fuego in 2015... Following the initial sighting of the brownish ash plume, it gradually spread around the whole southern slopes and caused fine ash fall in the area lasting about 2 hours, graying all vegetation. --
More to follow in the coming days.. - we take the opportunity to wish everybody a Happy New Year!
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015
Effusive activity increased yesterday, when 3 lava flows descended from the summit, reaching 1500 m length on the southern flank (Trinidad ravine), 1500 m on the SW flank (Las Lajas) and 1200 m on the western flank (Santa Teresa ravine). ... [more]
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015
Another phase of strong increased activity (paroxysm) has started at the volcano yesterday. The volcano observatory reports that explosions have become more intense and frequent, 4-6 per hour, on the evening of 14 Dec. ... [more]
Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015
The 12th paroxysmal eruptive phase of the volcano during 2015 has ended over night. ... [more]
Fuego volcano (Guatemala): strong eruptive phase with lava flows over 2 km length, risk of pyroclastic flows
Monday, Nov 30, 2015
The activity at the volcano has been increasing since a few days ago. The effusion rate has risen significantly. Pulsating lava fountaining and strong, detonating strombolian explosions several hundred meters high from the summit vents are currently feeding at least 3 relatively large lava flows descending on the western and southern flanks: ... [more]
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015
The strong eruptive phase (paroxysm) at the volcano ended over night and activity returned to normal levels of intermittent strombolian explosions. ... [more]