Friday, May 28, 2010

Pacaya Eruption Videos!

Here are some good videos of Volcan Pacaya's eruption last night, May 27, 2010:

Pacaya Volcano

Last night (Thursday night, May 27, 2010) Volcan Pacaya had an event at 6:55 PM local time. This morning I've gotten some concerned questions from overseas about Pacaya's eruption.

There is no problem, no effects in Eastern Guatemala. The problem is limited to the usual places that get ashfalls when Pacaya has an event, that is the skirts of the volcano itself, parts of Esquintla, Sacatepequez, and Guatemala City, nowhere near Rio Dulce.

Pacaya's ash is essentially black sand and parts of Guatemala City got up to a couple of centimeters of it. The mess is made a bit worse by the rain and it is hoped that it can be kept out of the sewers and storm drains otherwise it will plug those up and make a bigger mess.

Pacaya is an active volcano and eruptions like this happen from time to time. Pacaya is a Strombolian volcano so it produces a combination of lava flow and lava fountain, punctuated by explosions that hurl glowing rock and boulders in all directions, much like a fireworks display.

Pacaya Volcano, originally uploaded by Karlbert.