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Santiaguito volcano
Stratovolcano 3772 m (12,375 ft)
Guatemala, 14.76°N / -91.55°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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1902 (catastrophic Plinian eruption of Santa Maria), 1903, 1922-ongoing (Santiaguito dome complex)
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Dominantly explosive, formation of lava domes
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Volcano news: Santa Maria (Guatemala)

Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): increasing activity

Thursday Jul 16, 2020 09:09 AM | BY: MARTIN

Pyroclastic flow from Santiaguito volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
Pyroclastic flow from Santiaguito volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
Gas plume from Santiaguito volcano (image: CONRED)
Gas plume from Santiaguito volcano (image: CONRED)
The activity of the volcano continues at elevated levels during the past two months.
According to INSIVUMEH the volcano entered to a new period of activity associated with lava extrusion of dome blocks which continue to descend on the west, east and northeast slopes. It produces frequent pyroclastic flows that travel over the slopes, as can be seen in the webcam screenshot.
Incandescence of the dome blocks is visible from the crater and caused hot avalanches of material on the S, SW and SE flanks.
Emissions of gas and steam plumes rose 11,154 ft (3,400 m) above the summit and extending about 12-15 km to the W-SW of the volcano.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 16 July 2020
Previous news
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
The sequence of webcam screenshots of pyroclastic flow from Santiaguito volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
On 29 June at 14:22 local time INSIVUMEH recorded pyroclastic flow that traveled over the west flank of the Caliente dome, as can be seen in the webcam screenshots. ... read all
Monday, Jun 15, 2020
Explosion from Santiaguito volcano yesterday (image: @insivumehgt/twitter)
INSIVUMEH recorded a white fumarole in Caliente dome that rose 9,842 ft (3,000 m) above the summit. ... read all
Monday, May 11, 2020
Explosion from Santiaguito volcano (image: @Paul_A_Wallace/twitter)
INSIVUMEH recorded a white fumarole in Caliente dome that rose 9,842 ft (3,000 m) above the summit. ... read all
Wednesday, Apr 08, 2020
An explosion from Santiaguito volcano with Santa Maria in the background (image: INSIVUMEH)
INSIVUMEH recorded a white fumarole in Caliente dome that rose 9,842 ft (3,000 m) above the summit. ... read all

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