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Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Aug 2016: Santiaguito volcano

Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 21:00 PM |

Map of today's active volcanoes
Map of today's active volcanoes
Eruption of Santiaguito volcano this morning (image: CONRED)
Eruption of Santiaguito volcano this morning (image: CONRED)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): 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
Map of today's active volcanoes
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The activity of the volcano remains essentially unchanged at currently low to moderate levels. The slow growth of the lava dome continues as viscous (sticky) lava accumulates in the dome. A (small) part of the inherently unstable dome collapsed yesterday morning and generated a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the SW valley between the dome and the remnants of the 1964 collapse scar, which forms a horse-show shaped wall around the dome. ... [more]
Map of today's active volcanoes
Thursday, Aug 11, 2016
Etna (Sicily, Italy): INGV Catania volcanologist Boris Behncke visited the summit region of Etna yesterday and observed a new active pit crater, about 20-30 m wide, located in the eastern inner wall of the Voragine crater. ... [more]
Map of today's active volcanoes
Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): The eruption of the volcano continues with little changes: although the volcano is in clouds most of the time, occasional satellite and webcam views allow to determine that the lava flow on the SE flank remains active and strombolian activity continues in the summit crater. ... [more]
Map of today's active volcanoes
Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Weak strombolian activity continues inside the Voragina summit crater, which produces a tall steam column currently drifting into southerly directions when we observed it this morning during a helicopter overflight as part of a tour on Etna. ... [more]
Map of today's active volcanoes
Monday, Aug 08, 2016
Brava (Cape Verde): Seismic activity has decreased since its peak with shallow earthquakes around 2 August which had triggered fears that a new eruption could occur in the near future. Authorities remain at alert while groups of scientists are currently monitoring the situation. ... [more]

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