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Fuego volcano Dec 2015 - strong strombolian activity and pyroclastic flow deposits

Our recent Guatemala volcano tour coincided with the beginning of another (the 14th in 2015) paroxysm at Fuego volcano, which we observed from close during 29 Dec - 1 Jan. We used two different viewpoints at the base of the volcano, at approx. 5 and 7 km distances: first from near the INSIVUMEH volcano observatory (SW flank, first 3 rows of pictures), and from the SE (last pictures). The latter was chosen instead of initially planned Acatenango because of very bad weather and the presence of a new lava flow on that side.
Many thanks for support goes to the friendly staff from OVFGO/INSIVUMEH, in particular Edgar Barrios!
Stombolian eruption from Fuego after sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Stombolian eruption from Fuego after sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Strong strombolian explosion, sending incandescent bombs to several hundred meters of height above the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strong strombolian explosion, sending incandescent bombs to several hundred meters of height above t... [info]
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Fuego volcano during a strong strombolian explosion seen from the southwest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fuego volcano during a strong strombolian explosion seen from the southwest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A powerful explosion showers the upper cone with glowing lava bombs, generating abundant avalanches and an ash plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A powerful explosion showers the upper cone with glowing lava bombs, generating abundant avalanches ... [info]
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A weaker explosion with the volcano in moonlight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A weaker explosion with the volcano in moonlight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Strombolian activity occurs at intervals of 1-10 minutes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strombolian activity occurs at intervals of 1-10 minutes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Medium-sized strombolian explosion at Fuego. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Medium-sized strombolian explosion at Fuego. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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During the second half of the night 29-30 Dec, activity seemed to decrease, but ... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
During the second half of the night 29-30 Dec, activity seemed to decrease, but ... (Photo: Tom Pfei... [info]
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... and soon feel the effects of ash fall on our gear. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
... and soon feel the effects of ash fall on our gear. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of Fuego from the east on 31 Dec 2015: the prominent ravine is one of the main channels of pyroclastic flows into the Las Lajas and San Antonio canyons further downslope. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of Fuego from the east on 31 Dec 2015: the prominent ravine is one of the main channels of pyro... [info]
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Strombolian activity at dusk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strombolian activity at dusk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Strong strombolian explosion after dusk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strong strombolian explosion after dusk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Abundant glowing rockfalls also occur on the southern flank (l). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Abundant glowing rockfalls also occur on the southern flank (l). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Rain of bombs after a moderate strombolian explosion. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Rain of bombs after a moderate strombolian explosion. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A stronger strombolian eruption throws thousands of lava bombs onto the southern flank (l), while rockfalls continue through the eastern ravine (r). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A stronger strombolian eruption throws thousands of lava bombs onto the southern flank (l), while ro... [info]
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Ash emission on 1 Jan 2016. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash emission on 1 Jan 2016. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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