The Chaparrastique volcano, located in eastern El Salvador, continues to emit small pulses of gas and seismic activity has increased in the area, where no material damage or casualties are reported, a state source reported today.
According to a "special" report from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the emission of small pulses of gases that rise between 100 and 150 meters from the crater persists.
The MARN indicated that, according to the information of the local observer network (ROL) of the volcano area, "the gases descend on the southwest flank of the volcanic structure, being controlled by the direction of prevailing winds in the area."
It indicated that in the last 24 hours the seismic vibration of the volcano oscillates between 85 and 146 units RSAM (Measurement of Seismic Amplitudes in Real Time) average hour, when the normal thing is 50 units RSAM.
The state entity added that "the active state of the Chaparrastique volcano is revealed by observing these fluctuations which may change over time, which is why the reinforced monitoring device continues."
The MARN called on the public 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 avoid making cases of rumors coming from sources not official
The Chaparrastique volcano has been active since the night of December 24, but, so far, the authorities do not report victims or material damage.
On January 12, 2016, Chaparrastique released a flow of gases and ash that reached between 1,200 and 1,500 meters.
Also, on December 29, 2013, this volcano expelled a huge column of ash that spread to several areas of the country, without fatalities or severe material damage.
After this first eruption, Civil Protection issued an orange alert (vigilance) that remains permanent on the slopes of the volcano, which is located near the city of San Miguel, department of the same name, about 138 kilometers east of the capital Salvadoran
There are 8 active volcanoes in the country and 90 percent of its territory is made up of volcanic materials, according to the National Territorial Studies Service of El Salvador.