Major Volcanic Explosion in El SalvadorDecember 29th, 2013 at 4:41 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
There has been a new and major volcanic eruption in El Salvador. Here’s a satellite loop of the eruption. The Chaparrastique volcano (also called San Miguel) erupted at approximately 10:40 am local time Sunday, belching a column of hot ash high into the air Sunday (at least 9.000 feet, perhaps as high as 17,000 feet now). The volcano is located southwest of the city of San Miguel and 90 miles east of the capitol city of San Salvador. Evacuations of everyone roughly two miles from the volcano have been underway (approx. 5,000 people, about the same population as Allegan). Video here. More pictures here. The volcano last erupted in 1976 (coincidentally another year with a cold winter in Eastern North America), though there was a minor flare-up in 2002. The Salvadorean Civil Defence has issued a Yellow Alert. Ash fall was expected in the town of Chinameca. Satellite image here. Another picture. Wider satellite picture of Central America here. El Salvador has 23 active volcanoes. The Chaparrastique volcano has erupted 26 times in the last 500 years. Volcano webcams around the world. (picture from Wikimapia – before the eruption).