Monday, March 7, 2011

Explosion occurred from Caliente crater at Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala. - 3rd Mar 2011

On 3rd March 2011 an explosion occurred from Caliente crater at Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala.

Ash emissions reached 10,800 ft above sea level and produced ashfall in towns to the west and southwest of the volcano. The explosion generated a pyroclastic flow which moved 2.5 km down the southwest flank.

Activity continued on 4th March with moderate explosions ejecting ash to a height of 11,000 ft above sea level, and ash fall on surrounding farms.

Stratovolcano 3772 m (12,375 ft)
Guatemala, 14.76°N / -91.55°W
Current status: erupting (4 of 5)
Typical eruption style: Dominantly explosive, formation of lava domes
Eruptions from Santa MarĂ­a / Santiaguito: 1902 (catastrophic Plinian eruption), 1903, 1922 (from SW flank: Santiaguito), 2002-ongoing