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Pacaya volcano (Guatemala): lava flow changed its direction towards to inhabited areas

Wed, 31 Mar 2021, 10:34
10:34 AM | BY: MARTIN
The a‘ā lava flow from the western eruptive fissure of Pacaya volcano reaching the local vegetation (image: @asalmendez/twitter)
The a‘ā lava flow from the western eruptive fissure of Pacaya volcano reaching the local vegetation (image: @asalmendez/twitter)
The satellite image of the lava flow from the western eruptive fissure that changed its direction towards the S (image: Sentinel 2)
The satellite image of the lava flow from the western eruptive fissure that changed its direction towards the S (image: Sentinel 2)
The effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano continues at high levels.
The eruptive fissure opened on the western flank continues to feed the lava flow at high rate (attached video below). The lava flow, which increased in length (currently about 2,850 m long), has changed its direction towards the south where has burned the local vegetation and destroyed the empty house in El Patrocinio village. The warning bulletin states that the flow could affect inhabited areas soon.
Moderate-to-strong strombolian-type explosions occurred from the Mackenney summit crater accompanied with dense ash plumes that reached an estimated altitude of 9,800 ft-11,400 ft (3,000 m-3,500 m). It extended about 7 km to the south of the volcano.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 31 March 2021

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021, 06:00
INSIVUMEH reported that explosions at Pacaya's Mackenney Crater during 30-31 March produced gas-and-ash plumes that rose 1.8 km above the summit and drifted up to 50 km S, SW, W, and NW. Explosions ejected blocks as high as 150 m above the summit. Lava flows on the W flank advanced to 3 km long and were near La Breña; the flows overtook an unoccupied building on the Campo Alegre farm that was used for monitoring and visitor services. ... Read all
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