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Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala with tags on March 9, 2011 by zaradaula

Guatemala

Recently in Guatemala, Volcan Fuego has been erupting. In February, it erupted the 24th, 25th, 27th, and 28th, producing up to 700m ash plumes, ejected material, and avalanches, all travelling mostly West and Southwest. On March 5th, the explosions continued, ejecting lava up to 100m above the crater. Fuego is considered one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, but it has not produced a majorly explosive eruption since 1974.

Also on February 24th and 25th, the Guatemalan stratovolcano Santa Maria produced a few explosions, also creating a large ash plume and some avalanches. More recently on March 3rd and 4th, Santa Maria erupted, producing a pyroclastic flow that moved 2.5km down the Southwest side of the volcano.

Sources: Volcano Live and The Smithsonian

You can watch a video of an eruption at Fuego (from February 16th) below, but please excuse the vulgarity…this is the only video I could find.

Zara Holderman

March 7, 2011