The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) has reported continuous degassing and moderate explosions at Santiaguito Volcano. These volcanic activities have generated a gas column reaching 500 meters above the volcano’s dome. Periodic explosions also occur, causing avalanches and a column of gas and ash that extends to a height of 3,300 meters above sea level, dispersing towards the west.
This increase in volcanic activity has resulted in the presence of fine ash particles and a hazy environment in the vicinity of Santiaguito Volcano. These conditions can potentially affect the health and safety of nearby communities.
Furthermore, there is a possibility of long-distance pyroclastic flows occurring in different directions. In the face of this potential danger, the Executive Secretary of CONRED (National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction) recommends that residents living near the volcano seek the authorities’ guidance and familiarize themselves with the Response Plan for the area.
It is crucial for residents to stay informed about ongoing volcanic activity and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Regular updates and information regarding the activities of Fuego and Pacaya volcanoes can be obtained through the daily volcanic bulletin published by INSIVUMEH.
Remain vigilant and follow the guidelines provided by the authorities to mitigate the risks associated with volcanic activity.
– Degassing: The release of gases, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide, from a volcano’s magma.
– Pyroclastic flow: A fast-moving mixture of hot gas, ash, and volcanic material that flows down the slopes of a volcano during an eruption.
– Daily Volcanic Bulletin issued by the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH).
– Executive Secretary of CONRED (National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction).