Pacaya (Guatemala) - Report for 17 February-23 February 2021 - NEW

INSIVUMEH reported that seismicity at Pacaya increased around 0900 on 18 February.
Incandescent material was ejected 200 m above Mackenney Crater and explosions produced gas-and-ash plumes that rose 450 m and drifted mostly NE and S.
An active lava flow on the SSW flank was 1.1 km long and generated hot block avalanches from the flow front.
A lava flow emerged on the SW flank on 19 February.
During 19-20 February periods of increased activity lasted 3-5 hours; moderate-to-loud explosions were accompanied by rumbling and sounds resembling trains.
Ballistics were ejected 300- 500 m from the crater and ash plumes rose as high as 450 m and drifted SW.
Ashfall was reported in areas downwind including El Rodeo and El Patrocinio.
A lava flow on the S flank was 800 m long and produced incandescent blocks from the flow front that descended 500 m.
Strombolian activity increased on the morning of 20 February but fluctuated throughout the day.
Ash plumes, that were dense during periods of heightened activity, rose 450 m and drifted 10-25 km S, SW, and W.
As it grew darker lava fountains were visible rising 300-400 m and ballistics were ejected as far as 500 m from the crater.
The lava flow on the S flank had lengthened to 1.1 km.
Strombolian explosions continued during 21-22 February, ejecting incandescent material 100-175 m high.
Ash plumes rose 450-800 m above the summit and drifted possibly as far as 15 km NW, W, and SW, causing ashfall in areas downwind including San Francisco de Sales, El Cedro, El Rodeo, and El Patrocinio.
Ballistics were ejected as far as 500 m from the crater.
Blocks from the front of the lava flow descended 300 m.
Weak explosions during 22-23 February ejected incandescent material as high as 100 m above the summit.
A 900-m-long lava flow was active on the SSW flank.
Ash plumes drifted 5 km S.

Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia, e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH)

Fonte/Source: Global Volcanism Program/Smithsonian Institution


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