Earth Changes TV/Breaking News - Guatemala Earthquake Sets Off Volcano
- Guatemala Earthquake Sets Off Volcano...01/25/03
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
USGS reported that as of January 19th moderate eruptions continued at Fuego Volcano that produced ash clouds to 2 km above the summit. Ash drifted to the S and SW, depositing fine ash in the areas of Rocela, Panimache, and Palo Verde. In addition, incandescent avalanches traveled down canyons on the volcano's flanks.
Background: Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes, is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua. Collapse of the ancestral Meseta volcano about 8,500 years ago produced a massive debris avalanche that traveled about 50 km onto the Pacific coastal plain. Growth of the modern Fuego volcano followed, continuing the southward migration of volcanism that began at Acatenango, the northern twin volcano of Fuego. Frequent vigorous historical eruptions have been recorded since 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.
USGS reports volcanic activity continued at low-to-moderate levels at Popocatépetl during 15-20 January. Activity consisted of small-to-moderate emissions of steam, gas, and small amounts of ash, and sporadic episodes of low-amplitude harmonic tremor. On 9 January photographs of the lava dome revealed that the dome's inner crater had subsided. The lava dome's volume was calculated to be approximately 500,000 m3. Explosive activity after the 15th was probably associated with the growth of a new lava dome. USGS stated that in the next days moderate explosive activity, with ash and incandescent material emission, could occur.
There is little doubt elevated activity in volcanism is related to the recent large earthquakes in Colima and Guatemala. In like, the swarm off the Oregon Coast continues. Mt. Hood and Three Sisters are under close watch for signs of increased activity. Stay tuned to Earth Changes TV for the latest breaking news.
Solar Weather Update:
Comet C/2002 X5 (Kudo-Fujikawa) is plunging toward the Sun. On Jan. 29th, it will be 0.19 AU from our star--even closer than Mercury! Intense sunlight will hide the encounter from sky watchers, but not from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory
(SOHO), which is able to block the Sun's glare using onboard coronagraphs. C/2002 X5 will enter SOHO's field of view on Jan. 25th and remain visible until the end of the month.
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