Gas emissions persist in the Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador

Gas emissions persist in the Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador

El Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador continues to emit "pulses of gases" and seismic activity suffered a "slight" increase in the eastern part of the country, where the geological structure is located, reported the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) ).

The emission of gases, which began on December 24, produced, in the last three hours, pulses that rise between 100 and 120 meters from the crater, and the seismic vibration oscillates between 69 and 96 units RSAM (Measurement of Seismic Amplitudes in Real Time) average hour, when the normal is 50 units.

According to the State portfolio, the gases go down the southwest flank of the volcanic structure, "being controlled by the direction of the winds originated in the area."

The MARN added that the fluctuations observed in the volcano, which is located in the department of San Miguel, "may vary with the passing of the hours," which is why the "reinforced monitoring device" by state entities continues. .

The entity called on citizens not to approach the upper part of the volcano, due to the degree of danger it presents, and asked the inhabitants of the area to remain attentive to the information provided by official means and to ignore rumors from unofficial sources.

The Chaparrastique volcano has been active for a week, but, so far, the authorities do not report victims or material damage in the nearby areas.

On January 12, 2016, Chaparrastique released a flow of gases and ash that reached between 1,200 and 1,500 meters.

Likewise, on December 29, 2013, the volcano expelled an enormous column of ash that spread to several areas of the country, with no fatalities or severe material damage.

After this first eruption, Civil Protection issued an orange alert (vigilance) that remains permanent in the foothills of the volcano, located about 138 kilometers southeast of the Salvadoran capital.

In El Salvador there are eight active volcanoes and 90 percent of its territory is made up of volcanic materials, according to the National Service of Territorial Studies of El Salvador.


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