While the death toll after Fuego’s eruption has now climbed to 99 – and there are still lots of houses buried in ash – the Pacaya volcano ejected several lava flows from its summit. Although authorities say the population is not at risk, there is always a possibility -even tiny – of great eruption. It would be nice to determine if there is a relationship between the two eruptions.
Another of Guatemala’s active volcanoes, the Pacaya Volcano, has started erupting with explosions and lava flows, stretching over 50 meters and 20 meters wide on the north flank of the volcano, on June 6, 2018. Of course, this eruption is not as exceptional as the explosion of the Volcán de Fuego a few days, which left 99 dead… and still counting.
According to the director of the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh), the activity of Pacaya is considered normal, with all parameters being in the norm.
Insivumeh issued a bulletin in which it clarified that this activity is characteristic of the Pacaya, located in the department of Escuintla, about 30 kilometers south of the capital, “and has no relation nor is it a consequence of the recent eruption of the Volcán de Fuego. The seismic record does not show an increase in activity outside the limits. Explosions ejected incandescent material about 50 meters in the air and degassing formed a plume that reached no more than 200 meters above the summit.”
The Pacaya Volcano culminates at 2,552 meters (7388 feet) and is a tourist attraction due to its constant activity. For its part, the Volcán de Fuego erupted on Sunday and completely destroyed two locations in Escuintla, the worst hit: the communities of San Miguel Los Lotes and el Rodeo. So far there are 99 dead and more than 100 missing.