New lava flow started at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

New lava flow started at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

According to the latest report by INSIVUMEH on July 12, 2013 a faint white plume rising 150 to 200 meters above the crater, dispersing westward and northwestward, has been observed at Fuego volcano, Guatemala.

Eight explosions have been detected, ejecting grey columns 200 to 400 meters high and forming a plume 5 kilometers in length that scattered to the west and southwest of the volcano. The explosions produced weak rumbling sound and degassing that lasted 1 to 5 minutes, ejected incandescent material up to 100 meters in the air, and then generated weak avalanches on the edge of the crater.

A new lava flow has started on the morning of July 12, 2013 on the upper southern flank of the crater, flowing towards the Taniluyá canyon and reaching approximately 150 meters in length. (INSIVUMEH)

Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Image showing Fuego volcano, Guatemala on June 17, 2013 (Credit: INSIVUMEH-OVFGO-IVM-FUND)

Volcán Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes, is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua. The scarp of an older edifice, Meseta, lies between 3,763-m-high Fuego and its twin volcano to the N, Acatenango. Construction of Meseta volcano continued until the late Pleistocene or early Holocene, after which growth of the modern Fuego volcano continued the southward migration of volcanism that began at Acatenango. Frequent vigorous historical eruptions have been recorded at Fuego since the onset of the Spanish era in 1524, and have produced major ashfalls, along with occasional pyroclastic flows and lava flows. The last major explosive eruption from Fuego took place in 1974, producing spectacular pyroclastic flows visible from Antigua. (GVP)

Featured image: Activity at Fuego volcano, Guatemala on July 13, 2013 (Credit: INSIVUMEH-IVM-FUND)

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