Volcano news: Santa Maria (Guatemala)
Santa Maria volcano (Guatemala), activity update: ash plumes
Avalanches from lava flows were reported on 6 February on the W flank of Santa María's Santiaguito lava dome complex.
Explosions produced ash-and-steam plumes that rose to an altitude of
8 February: Strong phreatic explosion
12 and 18 February: Lava flows on the S and SW flanks & avalanches of blocks
that originated from the edge of the crater were noted.
15, 18, and 19 February: ,Explosions produced ash plumes that rose to altitudes of
Activity from Santiaguito continues but is at relatively low levels, generating ash and gas plumes of usually less than 1 km, but at relatively regular intervals of about 20 minutes.... [meer...]
Santiaguito lava dome is showing an above average level of activity. Explosions from the lava dome produce ash plumes rising to altitudes of 4.3-4.7 km (14,000-15,400 ft) a.s.l., that drift mainly to the SW.
On 5 June, a lahar (mud flow) descended the Nima I river and carried blocks 1-1.5 m in diameter and tree branches. The approximately 12-m-wide and 3-m-thick deposit was hot and smelled of sulfur. Continuous landslides of blocks and ash were noted on the SW flank.