Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala erupts again!

Yesterday, Volcan de Fuego erupted again in southern Guatemala. The pyroclastic flow of Fuego surprised many, and as of this morning 4 June 2018, at least 25 people have died, while many others are injured. Locals near Fuego, are in the process of being evacuated from the area.

Fuego erupted around 18 UTC, 3 June 2018, ejecting hot gas, smoke and ash in the atmosphere, where geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites observed the phenomena. Below is a video of the volcanic eruption, utilizing the CIRA-GeoColor satellite imagery from RAMMB-SLIDER, between 18-21 UTC, June 3 2018. Notice the rapid volcanic plume (brownish cloud) that develops and is advected eastward, within the time-frame.

The Suomi-National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) satellite also observed the volcanic plume. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) True Color and Imagery Band 5 (11.45um, brightness temperature) both show static images of the events at ~19 UTC, 3 June 2018.  Static images are taken approximately 1-hour after the volcanic eruption started. Both images are courtesy of the NASA Worldview data archive website.

VIIRS True Color Imagery

VIIRS Imagery Band 5 (11.45um, brightness temperatures)

For the latest updates on Fuego de Volcan, click the following link.

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