Guatemala Update

According to the Global Volcanism Program, Fuego in Guatemala has been erupting the last two days. It produced ash plumes that rose up to 700 m above the crater and lava flows that traveled nearly 200 m down the South West side of the volcano and created block avalanches.

Also in Guatemala, Santa Maria erupted on March 28, producing ash plumes that rose 800 m above the lava dome. This plume traveled North East and deposited ash on the town of Quetzaltenango, which is 10 km away. Then in the last couple of days, explosions created ash plumes slightly smaller (only 400-700 m) and drifted South. Avalanches were produced and traveled down the South West and Eastern flanks of the volcano.

I couldn’t find any current footage of either volcano, so I found photos instead.

Santa Maria:

Fuego:

Zara Holderman, April 6, 2011

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