Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Volcan Santiaguito in Eruption

Volcan Santiaguito, on the skirts of Volcan Santa Maria, near Quetzaltenango is in eruption.  The episode began with loud explosions accompanied by ash ejection to a height of 5 kilometers.  Lava is flowing from the vent.

The ash fall is dispersing towards the south, southwest and west.  Visibility in those areas is severely impacted.  Ash is being reported in the city of Retalhuleu, recently damaged by the November 7th earthquake.

Three earthquakes also occurred in the region at around midnight.

Mag: 4.5
Time: 28 Nov 2012 04:31:29 UTC; 27 Nov 2012 22:31:29 near epicenter
Location: 15.505N 92.487W
Depth: 152 km
71 km (44 miles) NNW (342 degrees) of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
233 km (145 miles) WNW (295 degrees) of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala

Mag: 4.8
Time: 28 Nov 2012 05:28:25 UTC; 27 Nov 2012 23:28:25 near epicenter
Location: 12.511N 88.311W
Depth: 40 km
93 km (58 miles) S (171 degrees) of Usulután, Usulután, El Salvador

Mag: 4.5
Time:  28 Nov 2012 06:46:36 UTC, 28 Nov 2012 00:46:36 near epicenter
Location: 12.550N 88.351W
Depth: 42 km
88 km (55 miles) S (174 degrees) of Usulután, Usulután, El Salvador

Thanks to Norm Avila, here's an ash fall forecast map:

 Link to original image HERE