Authorities report 86 explosions at the Chaparrastique volcano in recent days

Government authorities will install another monitoring station at the Chaparrastique volcano, in San Miguel, to strengthen the recording of activities due to gas and ash emissions that have remained at an average of 14 per day since November 15.

“From Tuesday, November 15 to date, 86 explosions have been registered, a daily average of 14, the average height that these gas and ash emissions have reached is 500 meters,” explained the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Fernando Lopez, during a press conference. “Another station is being installed to strengthen monitoring,” added.


The Ministry of the Environment (MARN) permanently monitors the Chaparrastique volcano and the seismicity parameters, the detection of gases (carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide) and the morphology of the volcano are determined via the station via the Global Positioning System (GPS). for its acronym in English).

This has allowed to determine the emanations in a daily average of 170 tons of sulfur dioxide, below the emanation norm of 300 tons per day, and no activity is registered inside the magma chamber.

“The explosions can continue during the following days, these episodes of gas and ash emissions, these are small explosions, not a volcanic eruption,” Minister Fernando López clarified.

The last significant eruption at the Chaparrastique volcano was on December 29, 2013, in which a significant expulsion of gases and ash was recorded and, in subsequent years up to the present, there have been episodes of degassing to release pressure.

“The geological activity inside the volcano will continue for the next few days, this is a process that occurs in all volcanoes and can cause damage,” explained the official; among these: “slight inconvenience to the health of the population due to the gases emanated”, perception of “smell of sulfur” and “momentary interruptions and suspensions of mobility and pedestrian circulation through the ashes”, detailed.

The Government calls on people to keep informed of official sources; especially those who live in the regions near the volcano, such as: Las Placitas, Chinameca, San Rafael Oriente and San Jorge; In addition, it is requested not to circulate less than two kilometers away from the crater.

Tour guides are warned not to ascend towards the volcano, since this is not considered a trail for such purposes and whoever disobeys this warning will be investigated and punished by law.

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