Santa María, Guatemala

INSIVUMEH reported that on 22 July seismic stations monitoring Santa María’s Santiaguito lava dome complex detected a lahar below the S flank in the Nima I river. Explosions observed on 23, 28, and 29 July from Caliente cone produced ash plumes that rose to altitudes of 2.8-3.3 km (9,200-10,800 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW and W. Ashfall was reported in areas downwind. A lava flow and avalanches of blocks descended the SW flank. On 28 July, weak pyroclastic flows also traveled down the SW flank.

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.”

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