The Pacaya volcano erupted early Sunday, creating an ash column which reached almost 4km height. Pyroclastic flows reach 800m in height, the lava streams continues to flow and lava bombs were spawn out.
The volcano lies approximately 47km south of the capital Guatemala City but due to wind directions the ash cloud is moving away from the city. Flights have been diverted from the area and officials are considering evacuating people who live nearby.
The volcano had been on alert level yellow for a while and had been erupting, less vigorous, since january 2nd. producing a lava stream which went down the slopes over a distance of 3 km.
Ever since the authorities for civil protection had declared a yellow alert for the volcano, the protocols by Conred and other agencies had been set in action and because of the lava stream people living directly on the slopes have already been evacuated.
New video in spanish ( and i have NO clue why it is not automatically embedding itself! )
From Insivumeh (in Spanish but easy to translate) about last year’s eruptions:
Direct Google translate of today’s bulletin:
“Activity: Due to due to the eruptive phase that began at 05:15 am on yesterday and has decreased in activity, but keeping with its lava flows, leaving the western part of Mckenney Cone southbound thereof in an average of 1.200 to 1.300 long, plume that is maintained steadily between 100 and 120 meters above the active crater (2,700 m) with few expulsions fine pyroclastic material that is dispersed to the south and southwest to 600 feet away. It is determined that this effusive activity that has reduced this small eruption may continue for the next 24 or 36 hours. It is recommended to be aware of the new special bulletins.”
And from the bulletin yesterday:
“A new phase of eruptive activity is occurring in the crater of Pacaya Mackenney , from the early hours of this day, with Strombolian explosions , spewing volcanic material at a height of 100-200 meters.
From 5:15 a.m. . This activity is weak effusive eruption , observed mainly in contour washed crater and mainly in the west flank. This new effusive activity may continue in the course of the day and increase your energy , producing lava flows further away .
By the time the explosions are maintained with an altitude of 2800 meters, expelling columns of fine ash 4 miles west southwest at this time. However, these can increase your height , scattering ash columns further away .
Á CONRED , Keep yellow alert status and pending developments continue current activity.
A CIVIL AVIATION , it is recommended to avoid flying in a radius of 5 kilometers , yet there are fine particles of ash towards west, southwest , and a height of 2800 m . the volcanic complex so you must take precautions. Also be aware of the wind direction changes .
The authorities of the Pacaya National Park, take the necessary precautions during this eruptive phase and identify the area of access to tourists and not be exposed to burns or injury.”
A video supposedly from january 2010
Hufftington post ( in spanish) gave the best information so far.
Volcano discovery: http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/pacaya.html
Volcano Live : http://www.volcanolive.com/pacaya.html
As most of the time with volcanoes of the spanish speaking world, it is/was not so easy to find articles which vary, do not all use the same words and give a little more than the basic information. I will update in case i find new info or in case our devoted readers come up with news. If any other dragon, maybe one who is on FB wants to add: You are welcome!