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Guatemala volcano erupts, forcing 33,000 to evacuate homes


Guatemala volcano: At least 17 villages near the Volcan del Fuego, six miles from the colonial city of Antigua, are being evacuated. The eruption of the volcano could cause a disruption in airline flights in and out of Guatemala.

By Alberto Arce and Romina Ruiz-Goiriena, Associated Press / September 13, 2012

 Plumes of dark smoke rise from the Volcan de Fuego ( Volcano of Fire) as seen from Palin, south of Guatemala City, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Officials are carrying out “a massive evacuation of thousands of people” in five communities.

(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala's most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.

Guatemala's head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were leaving some 17 villages around the Volcan del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua. The ash was blowing south and authorities said Antigua was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last for at least 12 more hours.

The agency said the volcano spewed lava nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes billowing with ash around Acatenango, a 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as "Volcano of Fire."

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"A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption, with strong explosions and columns of ash," said Gustavo Chicna, a volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. He said the cinders spewing from the volcano were settling a half-inch thick in many places.

He said extremely hot gases were also rolling down the sides of the volcano, which was entirely wreathed in ash and smoke. The emergency agency warned that flights through the area could be affected.

There was a general orange alert, the second-highest level, but a red alert south and southeast of the mountain, where, Chicna said, "it's almost in total darkness."

Teresa Marroquin, disaster coordinator for the Guatemalan Red Cross, said the organization had set up 10 emergency shelters and was sending hygiene kits and water. "There are lots of respiratory problems and eye problems," she said.

agelbert:
Interesting. I was just reading a couple days ago about how the lack of eruptions since Pinatubo has lowered sulphate particles in the air. This may mean a colder winter. We'll see.

In the meantime, Italy looks like it is looking for geothermal power and might get more power than it bargained for.




--- Quote ---Underground volcano in Italy could threaten the lives of millions

Drilling is underway at the site of a huge underground volcano near the Italian city of Naples, a few kilometres from Vesuvius.

Scientists are looking for a chamber of molten rock believed to be located 3.5 km underground in the Campi Flegrei region.

This type of volcanic land is known to be the origin of the strongest type of eruptions, capable of causing a level of destruction similar to that of a meteor striking earth.

But the head of the drilling project says it is rare
for these areas to erupt at their full capacity.


Around three million people live in the Campi Flegrei region, which lies north west of Naples.
More about: Italy, Volcano eruption, Volcanoes
Copyright © 2012 euronews


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http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/03/underground-volcano-in-italy-could-threaten-the-lives-of-millions/

Snowleopard:
 Tungurahua volcano(Ecuador): constant ash emission, explosions and new pyroclastic flows
Wednesday Dec 19, 2012 12:05 PM | Age: 5 hrs
 BY: T

 http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/tungurahua/news/24626/Tungurahua-volcanoEcuador-constant-ash-emission-explosions-and-new-pyroclastic-flows.html


 Tungurahua continued to produce a sustained ash column rising 2-3 km and intermittent stronger explosions. Several pyroclastic flows occurred yesterday (at 05:00 am, 07:47 and 15:30 local time), the one at 07:47 reaching a length of up to 4 km distance near La Hacienda. The deposits of the flows were reported seen in the gorge and reaching the plain in the area between the Mandur and La Hacienda.
 The flow reached ​​grassland and burned the surrounding vegetation. THe other flows were confined to the upper slope of the volcano.
 Throughout the day, tremor and explosion signals were visible on the seismic recordings. More than 100 explosions of small to moderate size occurred, and accompanied by strong gunshot noises that rattled windows.
 
The constantly raising ash column was reaching 2-3 km height and drifting to the northwest in the morning and later to the southwest and west, and later northeast. Ash fall occurred in Rio Verde, Banos, Runtún, Juive, Pondoa and El Manzano.
 
Based on first analyses of samples of the ash deposit, IGEPN confirms that new magma has risen to the crater and is being erupted since the vent-clearing explosion on 14 Dec. The ash deposit is mostly 1 to 2 mm thick on average, gray and light cream in color and contains plagioclase crystals.

Snowleopard:
Nothing world ending, but it does seem like the internal "burner" has been turned up a notch:


From John Seach:

An eruption occurred at Copahue volcano on Chile/Argentina border on 22nd December 2012. Ash reached an altitude of 31,000 ft and extended 110 km southeast of the volcano.      http://www.volcanolive.com/news.html

A sattelite photo of the plume can be seen at Eruptions:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/12/eruption-may-have-started-at-copahue-on-the-chileargentina-border/


This is quite recent, more here if i find it:

UPDATED 12/23/2012

The authorities in Argentina and Chile have issued an alert over increased activity at the Copahue volcano, which has begun spewing smoke and gas.

Many residents have already left the area as a precaution.

An orange volcano alert, the second highest, has been issued in both countries.

The 3,000m (10,000ft) volcano is in Argentina's south-western Neuquen province, which borders the Biobio region of Chile.

Ash has been raining down on the nearby villages of Copahue, Caviahue and Zapala.

Residents who have stayed behind have been told to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate.

Planes flying over the southern Andes have also been warned.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20828832


Some pictures i couldn't manage to upload @

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/science/Copahue+volcano+Argentina+Chile+border+spewing+ashes/7737842/story.html

Snowleopard:

--- Quote from: Snowleopard on December 22, 2012, 09:00:44 AM ---Nothing world ending, but it does seem like the internal "burner" has been turned up a notch:


From John Seach:

An eruption occurred at Copahue volcano on Chile/Argentina border on 22nd December 2012. Ash reached an altitude of 31,000 ft and extended 110 km southeast of the volcano.      http://www.volcanolive.com/news.html

A sattelite photo of the plume can be seen at Eruptions:  http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/12/eruption-may-have-started-at-copahue-on-the-chileargentina-border/


This is quite recent, more here if i find it:

UPDATED 12/23/2012

The authorities in Argentina and Chile have issued an alert over increased activity at the Copahue volcano, which has begun spewing smoke and gas.

Many residents have already left the area as a precaution.

An orange volcano alert, the second highest, has been issued in both countries.

The 3,000m (10,000ft) volcano is in Argentina's south-western Neuquen province, which borders the Biobio region of Chile.

Ash has been raining down on the nearby villages of Copahue, Caviahue and Zapala.

Residents who have stayed behind have been told to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate.

Planes flying over the southern Andes have also been warned.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20828832


Some pictures i couldn't manage to upload @

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/science/Copahue volcano Argentina Chile border spewing ashes/7737842/story.html

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The alerts are now RED the eruption is ongoing and strengthening, with the plume extending well into the Atlantic.

http://www.youtube.com/v/l_VCryh4M4U?feature=player_embedded

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