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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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Santiaguito volcano eruptions:
1902 (catastrophic Plinian eruption of Santa Maria), 1903, 1922-ongoing (Santiaguito dome complex)
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive, formation of lava domes
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Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): very strong explosion this morning

Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 19:06 PM | BY: T
Eruption of Santiaguito volcano this morning (image: CONRED)
Eruption of Santiaguito volcano this morning (image: CONRED)
Forecasted ash plume by Washington VAAC
Forecasted ash plume by Washington VAAC
A particularly strong vulcanian explosion occurred at the Caliente lava dome this morning (at 06_58 local time), sending a massive mushroom-shaped ash plume to several kilometers height that eventually reached approx. 20,000 ft or 7 km altitude). The cone and its immediate surroundings were showered by volcanic blocks and bombs and collapsing material from the eruption produced avalanches that engulfed the cone on several sides (pyroclastic flows).
The ash plume drifted to the WNW and caused significant ash falls in areas as far as the border with Mexico (e.g. Cacahotàn, 75 km distance). Light ash fall was even recorded in greater distances, e.g. the Mexican town of ​​Soconusco in 145 km distance.
The eruption came bare 48 hours after the previous one on Sunday. It can well be that the volcano is currently entering a phase of particularly increased activity.
Previous news
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016
Eruption plume from Santiaguito's explosion this morning (image: CONRED)
The series of strong vulcanian explosions continues although they hve become rarer. This morning, another one occurred that produced a mushroom-shaped eruption column that rose to approx. 18,000 ft (6 km) altitude. read all
Friday, Aug 05, 2016
Ash fall from yesterday's eruption of Santiaguito on a car in Quetzaltenango (image: Conred)
After several weeks of relative calm, another strong explosion occurred from the Caliente lava dome yesterday at 10:45 local time, the 75th vulcanian explosion in 2016. ... read all
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016
A strong explosion (another in the ongoing series) occurred at the Caliente lava dome yesterday at 13:30 local time. According to INSIVUMEH, it generated an ash column that rose to approx. 5 km altitude, i.e. about 2500 m above the dome. ... read all
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016
Detection of the ash plume from Santiaguito yesterday morning (NOAA/CIMSS Volcanic Cloud Monitoring website)
Another explosion took place at the volcano yesterday morning (at 01:45 local time), sending an ash plume to 6000 m a.s.l. (18,000 ft), which means it was likely one of the largest in the current series of vulcanian eruptions. read all
Monday, Jun 27, 2016
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. ... read all
 

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