Volcano news: Santa Maria (Guatemala)
Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): powerful explosion produces ash plume to 5 km altitude
Mon, 27 Jun 2016, 14:5014:50 PM | BY: T
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.
Eruption of Santiaguito yesterday (photo: Geól. Sergio Almazán @chematierra / INSIVUMEH / Twitter)
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.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016, 09:33
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 volcano remains in its current phase dominated by intermittent, violent explosive eruptions. ... read all
Mon, 23 May 2016, 08:34
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
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