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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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Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): powerful explosion produces ash plume to 5 km altitude

Mon, 27 Jun 2016, 14:50
14:50 PM | BY: T
Eruption of Santiaguito yesterday (photo: Geól. Sergio Almazán ‏@chematierra / INSIVUMEH / Twitter)
Eruption of Santiaguito yesterday (photo: Geól. Sergio Almazán ‏@chematierra / INSIVUMEH / Twitter)
The elevated activity from the Caliente lava dome continues to produce intermittent strong vulcanian eruptions every few days or so: yesterday afternoon at 16:16 local time, a powerful explosion produced an ash column that rose to 5 km altitude and generated pyroclastic flows on the SW and SE side of the lava dome.
The ash plume drifted west and northwest, causing again mild to moderate ash fall in nearby communities in up to 20-30 km distance.
The explosion itself seems not o have caused any particular damage, but INSIVUMEH warns that the currently strong rainfalls can trigger dangerous lahars (mud flows) at any time.
Previous news
Sat, 18 Jun 2016, 09:33
Eruption of Santiaguito yesterday (photo: Carlos Gonzales / @stereo100xela / twitter)
Following a relatively calm period of 3 weeks (no significant eruptions since 25 May), a powerful vulcanian explosion occurred at the Caliente lava dome again yesterday at 09:15 local time, sending an mushroom-shaped eruption column approx. 5 km into the sky. read all
Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 11:04
Heavy rainfalls in recent days generated strong lahars (mud flows) through the Nima I River bed, remobilizing some of the recently erupted loose volcanic debris. read all
Thu, 26 May 2016, 12:05
The ash plume from Santiaguito's explosions on 25 May 2016 (image: Rüdiger Escobar Wolf ‏@rudigerescobar / twitter)
The volcano remains in its current phase dominated by intermittent, violent explosive eruptions. ... read all
Mon, 23 May 2016, 08:34
Explosion from Santiaguito yesterday 13:00 local time - two pyroclastic flows can be seen left and right at the base of the column (image: CONRED)
Very elevated activity continues at the active Caliente lava dome. Yesterday, another two strong explosions occurred at 08:30 and around 13:00 local time. ... read all
Fri, 20 May 2016, 16:59
Eruption column of Santiaguito yesterday (image: Meteorología GT / facebook)
The current phase of intense activity at the active Caliente lava dome continues. Two more explosions occurred yesterday, at 09:34 and 09:56 local time, producing ash plumes that rose 2-3 km to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude. read all

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