Eruption of Fuego volcano

Eruption of Fuego volcano

1 February 2018 07:00 UTC–23:00 UTC

Eruption of Fuego volcano
Eruption of Fuego volcano

On 1 February 2018 there was short-lived but very powerful eruption from the volcano Fuego in Guatemala.

Last Updated

22 October 2020

Published on

31 January 2018

By HansPeter Roesli (Switzerland)

The largest eruption on the morning of 1 February was followed by a series of small eruptions during the day. The first eruption was reported to have sent ash at least 6 km into the air and was one of the largest in the volcano's history.

 GOES-16 Ash RGB from 12:00 UTC on 1 Feb, showing the plume a few hours after the main eruption
Figure 1: GOES-16 Ash RGB from 12:00 UTC on 1 Feb, showing the plume a few hours after the main eruption

A sequence of Ash RGBs from the ABI instrument on GOES-16 shows its evolution during the hours following the first intense blast at about 08:00 UTC. The bright pink ash plume showed quite a complex behaviour under the influence of winds shearing in altitude and time.

After the release of the main plume that, according to CIMSS Satellite Blog , reached up to at least 6 km Fuego continued to send a weaker streak (dark blue to magenta on the imagery) in western and south-western directions. In the same time interval a couple of dark-coloured contrails passed over Fuego.

 

Note: NOAA's GOES-16/E satellite has not been declared operational and its data are preliminary and undergoing testing.

 

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