Santa María, Guatemala

Santa Maria, the 1902 crater, and Santiaguito - Click to visit the VW page on Santa Maria!

Santa Maria, the 1902 crater, and Santiaguito    

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On 4 July, INSIVUMEH reported that an explosion from Santa María’s Santiaguito lava dome complex produced an ash plume that rose to an altitude of 3.3 km (10,800 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW. A lahar traveled S down the Nima I river, carrying tree limbs and blocks up to 50 cm in diameter. On 7 and 8 July, sounds resembling avalanches descending the flanks were reported; visual observations were hindered due to cloud cover.

Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia, e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH) – “Reports provided courtesy of the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program.” – Photograph by Steve and Donna O’Meara of Volcano Watch International.


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