Iztaccihuatl volcano (Mexico): possible gas eruption on 22 Oct
Fri, 25 Oct 2019, 09:5009:50 AM | BY: T
A possible gas eruption took place at the volcano on 22 Oct:
Possible gas eruption at Iztaccíhuatl volcano on 22 Oct (image: IIGEA)
The Department of Seismology and Volcanism of the Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Research (IIGEA) reported on its Twitter account that the Iztaccíhuatl volcano recorded a rare explosion on the southern slope at 05:11 a.m. on October 22. The authorities reported that it could be due to an accumulation of gases.
In an interview Carlos Del Ángel, Director of the Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Research, did not precise much more details about the event. The web cameras over the Iztaccíhuatl volcano captured what could apparently be an explosion in one of the 7 known vents of the volcano.
It is important to clarify that so far the origin of this explosion is unknown, but it is estimated that it may be an explosion resulting from the accumulation of gases, resulting in spontaneous combustion at the time of the explosion.
Further data and satellite images will need to be analyzed and an investigation will be carried out on the site to investigate the origin of this possible activity.
The recorded activity lasted a few seconds, but it could be considered of volcanic origin if its cause is to be found in the volcano's feeding system.
Although the volcano has no known eruptions in recent times, it is still considered as active (currently dormant), with the potential to produce future activity.
Whether the current event is related to a potential awakening of the volcano is too early to say, but probably unlikely.
Thanks to our reader Wen Illades submitting the original report to us!