This was the first strombolian eruption of Fuego volcano in 2018 in Guatemala… And it was long and powerful! Moderate and constant explosions started in the night of February 1, 2018 and extended over several hours, generating ash columns that reached an approximate height of 5,500 meters above sea level and moved 40 kilometers west and southwest. The incandescence reached an approximate height of 500 meters above the crater and fed four lava flows. The explosions were accompanied by moderate rumblings, which produced moderate to strong shock wave, causing vibrations in roofs of houses near the volcano and constant sounds similar to a train locomotive. Ashfalls were reported in Santa Sofia, Morelia, El Porvenir, Palo Verde Estate, Sangre de Cristo, San Pedro Yepocapa, Panimache I.
That is epic:
Impressive video showing the volcano ejecting incandescent lava up to 500 meters above the crater and emitting its low-frequency noises:
— QUᴉQnә שמע ישראל (@el_chapeton) February 1, 2018
Ash dispersion from Fuego volcano:
Much ash from Volcan de Fuego as seen by GOES-16. Thanks to the @NOAA CIMSS excellent web tool! @PanchoJJuarez @v_ainilli7a @William_Chigna @gchigna @rudigerescobar @AilsaNaismith @Matthew__Watson pic.twitter.com/vw5LQMhxi1
— Helen Murray(Thomas) (@hethomas260) February 1, 2018
A night timelapse – from 12am to 12pm:
Morning timelapse with pyroclastic flows – from 12pm to 6pm:
And now some impressive pictures showing the vast scale of the ash plume released by the volcanic peak:
Fuego is one of the most active volcanoes out of the 32 in Guatemala. And its last eruption lasted almost 18 hours! What a colosus!