May 10, 2021

The Fuego, Pacaya and Santiaguito volcanoes of Guatemala register degassing

The Fuego, Pacaya and Santiaguito volcanoes of Guatemala register degassing

The volcanoes of Fuego, Pacaya and Santiaguito of Guatemala today record degassing activity with fumaroles up to 4,200 meters above sea level, reported the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).

The scientific entity reported that the Colossus of Fire, located 50 kilometers west of the capital and that has registered five eruptions this year, the most violent of them on June 3 that left 190 dead, maintains between 3 and 4 weak explosions and moderate per hour.

The ash columns reach between 4,600 and 4,800 meters of height that moves 20 kilometers west and southwest of the volcanic cone.

The Insivumeh indicated that the incandescence of 100 meters high cause avalanches in the contour of the crater, while the ash particles fall in the communities of Panimaché, Morelia, Santa Sofia, Sangre de Cristo, El Porvenir, Palo Verde Estate and San Pedro Yepocapa.

While the Pacaya volcano, located in the municipality of San Vicente Pacaya, in the southern department of Escuintla, maintains a degassing fumarole at 2,700 meters high.

In addition, it registers constant explosions that raise material to 15 meters of height on the crater, and maintains two flows of lava with direction northwest with lengths of 200 and 250 meters, alerted.

And the Santiaguito volcano, which is in the western department of Quetzaltenango, has a degassing at 2,900 meters.

During the early morning, according to the Insivumeh, weak explosions were recorded that generated ash columns at 3,100 meters above sea level.

These three volcanoes are the most active of the 32 that the Central American country has.


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