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Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): intense activity continues, more and more pyroclastic flows are now in progress

Sun, 19 Dec 2021, 03:53
03:53 AM | BY: MARTIN
Frequent incandescent dome blocks tumble down the slopes (image: INSIVUMEH)
Frequent incandescent dome blocks tumble down the slopes (image: INSIVUMEH)
Pyroclastic flow from the lava dome at Santiaguito volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
Pyroclastic flow from the lava dome at Santiaguito volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
A number of larger earthquakes have been occurring in the lava dome area since 11 December that were felt by residents of nearby communities.
The extrusive activity of the volcano is intensifying at west-southwest part of the dome, this continues to culminate in frequent glowing moderate-to-strong block-and-ash flows traveling over the south, southwest and southeast slopes. An incandescence in the lava dome is associated with this process.
Strong explosive eruptions produced steam, gas and ash plumes, which reached approx. 14,700 ft (4,500 m) altitude and drifted about 30 km to the west of the volcano.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 18 December 2021

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