J. Volcanol. J. Volcanol. The andesite magma from El Chichón has about 2.6 weight percent SO3, many times more than most magmas. It is sponsored by the, Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the, EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. This first eruption only last two to three hours, but in that time, about 0.3 cubic kilometers (dense rock equivalent) were erupted at a rate four times the intensity of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. ; S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM, México; M. Matson, NOAA/NESS. In the upper layer there were more than 500 particles of less than 0.01 µm/cm3 and about 20 particles larger than 1 µm/cm3. J. Volcanol. In late October, after the end of the rainy season, geologists will climb the volcano and sample gases. The emissions were H2S-rich, apparently partly because the lake (temperature 52°C, pH 0.56) and the ground water were selectively extracting SO2. The army reported that 187 deaths were caused directly by the eruption. ; R. Chuan, Brunswick Corp.; C. Wilson, Univ. A few flights into small S Texas airports were cancelled, but winds initially forced most of this material into the Gulf of México. We think that the ashfall most likely was dust produced during large rockfalls from the crater walls, and the noise was the sound of the rockfalls. The scientists authoring this report, which included those from the Instituto de Geofísica of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), noted that low-frequency rumbling (presumably tremor) can clearly be felt inside the active crater. Further Reference. Altitudes could not be determined for the two largest clouds, marked by an asterisk (*) because they yielded unrealistically low temperatures, indicating that they did not radiate as perfect blackbodies, perhaps because of high tephra content. Macias J L, Espindola J M, Bursik M, Sheridan M F, 1998. Between these levels, winds were light and variable. The March and April explosions destroyed most of the former central lava dome and formed a new crater ~ 1 km in diameter and slightly elongate NW-SE. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM. Conflicting reports persist about the fate of the approximately 1,000 residents of a SW flank village that was apparently in the path of one or more pyroclastic flows ejected 28 March or 3-4 April. 4, p. 293-296. Eruption-like dust clouds produced by rockfall activity have been described at Kilauea by Tilling (1974) and Tilling and others (1975). Casadevall T J, De la Cruz-Reyna S, Rose W I, Bagley S, Finnegan D L, Zoller W H, 1984. The surface temperature of the lake is very uniform, and even above the gas funnels did not exceed 35°C. Macías, State Univ of New York, Buffalo, NY. Ferns and grasses have returned to some of these hydrothermal areas. Since last visited in February 1993, several rockfalls had occurred from the inner crater wall. Hazard map of El Chichon volcano, Chiapas, Mexico: constraints posed by eruptive history and computer simulations. Since then, two boiling pools on the NW side of the crater had dried out, but three new large boiling pools 5-10 m in diameter had appeared 100 m to the S. The boiling pools gave off much more vapor than earlier. WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Data from a telemetering seismometer 16 km SSE of the volcano showed no change in seismicity through 4 May. Macias J L, Espindola J M, Taran Y, Sheridan M F, Garcia A, 1997. The greenish-yellow lake now covers most of the crater floor, and numerous small fumaroles release steam through and around it. However, on Apr. More vigorous activity 3-4 April produced several pyroclastic flows, some more than 15 m thick, followed by two airfall deposits. Ground observers reported that the comparatively minor activity lasted about 3 hours and that no incandescent tephra was ejected. Bombs as large as 50-60 cm in diameter had made numerous holes in the roofs of houses and many other roofs had collapsed. Since November 1985, the crater lake water temperature has been 28.6°C, in equilibrium with the environment. The pH values of 1.8 and 1.9 measured in 1983 and 1984, respectively, were similar to the April 1992 value. Felt earthquakes were also reported early 4 April. Extensive gas emission was still occurring from vents under and adjacent to the crater lake. You can follow Erik on Twitter, where you'll get volcano... A magnetic ring could reduce needle sticks. Thus, more vigorous rockfall activity might be expected, particularly during the coming rainy season or periods of heightened regional seismic activity. Subsequent geologic studies, based on stratigraphic and radiocarbon investigations, showed that at least three explosive eruptions had occurred previously at this volcano. Nine intensity peaks were detected, of which five were clearly from the eruption. [Details of the continuing dispersal of the stratospheric cloud are reported in Atmospheric Effects.]. Several terraces representing stationary lake levels were visible. A team of scientists from UNAM and elsewhere visited El Chichón's crater lake on 15 February. Res., 23: 147-168. Pyroclastic flows and casualties. Warming and solute concentration rises detected during December 1999 visit. The periods of low discharge at the springs correspond to vapor discharge there, intervals when the lake shrinks. The total eruption released about 1.1 cubic kilometers of material (dense rock equivalent), … This week–long eruptive outburst (VEI 5) produced world–wide volcanic gas clouds, extensive ash fall, and surges and pyroclastic flows. (eds. Information Contacts: King Freeland, Distrito Reynosa 157, Fracc. Fumarolic activity was observed throughout the crater but was much more extensive and vigorous in its NNE sector (steaming ground zone of Casadevall and others, 1984). Geotherm. The 1982 eruption of El Chichón is the largest volcanic disaster in modern Mexican history. Geotherm. A story passed down through several generations tells of frequent earthquakes, a drying river, and a sudden flood of boiling water that nearly wiped out the ancient culture. of Arizona; M. Helfert, NOAA, Houston TX; W. Evans, ARPX, Atmospheric Environment Service, Canada. SiO2 values were 357 mg/L; this is the highest concentration since August of 1992. Res., 83: 173-196. In the talus rampart just above the crater floor, a small low-pressure fumarole that had registered a temperature of 446°C in January was no longer active in October. Heavy rains have washed out most of the roads near the volcano and have made field work extremely difficult. Closer to the summit, fields that had been completely buried contained tufts of grass about 1/3 m high. Pure Applied Geophys, 123: 407-421. [Carey and Sigurdsson (1986) calculate average column altitudes of 20, 24, and 22 km respectively for the 29 March and the two 4 April explosions.]. Stratospheric cloud continues N dispersal. Scientists from UNAM's Instituto de Geofísica, Michigan Technological Univ., the Univ. Photos of crater lake and volcanic morphology. Mooser F, Meyer-Abich H, McBirney A R, 1958. The U. S. National Weather Service analyzed wind directions and speeds at different altitudes near the volcano, and concluded that the ENE drift of the dense cloud indicated that it was in the upper troposphere, whereas the diffuse plume blown to the WSW was in the middle troposphere at roughly 6-7.5 km altitude. (ed. Over 75 percent of the major eruptions for the past few millenia have come from volcanoes with no known historical eruption. Geotherm. Further References. The conspicuous clouds had nearly disappeared by 9 May, but a strong aureole remained around the sun all day 10 May. % SiO 2 , 2.2% MgO, 2.8% K 2 O, 0.4% P 2 O 5 , and over 1.2% SO 3 . Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. ; Romeo León Vidal, CFE, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México. In total, nine villages were destroyedover the course of the eruption. Mexican and American geologists flew over the volcano on 4 November (during the NASA mission to observe the stratospheric cloud ejected 4 April). Major erosion of pyroclastic flow deposits around El Chichón (figure 3) has taken place since the eruption. No elemental sulfur was found in samples of lake sediments. Future work. This was the first historical eruption at the volcano. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, L. Silva M., UNAM, México; R. Tilling, USGS, Reston, VA; W. Wonderly, Albuquerque, NM; J. Gooding, NASA, Houston. Geology of El Chichon volcano, Chiapas, Mexico. Bull Volcanol, 58: 459-471. Throughout 1980 and 1981 there were a number of earthquakes in the area. Garcia-Palomo A, Macias J L, Espindola J M, 2004. Further Reference. Duffield W A, Tilling R I, Canul R, 1984. 28045 Colima, Colima, México (URL: http://www.ucol.mx/ciiv/nick/personal_en.htm); Martin Jutzeler, Centre for Ore Deposit Research (CODES), University of Tasmania, Australia; Laura Rosales Lagarde, Earth and Environmental Science Department, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM, USA; La Jornada (URL: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/). To try to reduce local alarm, J.L. of Alaska; K. Coulson, T. DeFoor, MLO, HI; C. Wood, NASA, Houston; Notimex Radio, México; New York Times; UPI. This apparent increase in the level of the crater lake was the only significant change in El Chichón's morphology. Click on the index link or scroll down to read the reports. Accurate temperatures cannot be assigned to diffuse plumes because data from the plume are mixed with data from the underlying terrain. Development of lithic-breccias in the 1982 pyroclastic flow deposits of El Chichon Volcano, Mexico. 27, p. 156-170. Some hydro-geochemical fluctuations observed in Mexico related to volcanic activity. The 1982 eruptions produced … The total eruption released about 1.1 cubic kilometers of material (dense rock equivalent), or roughly the same as St. Helens in 1980 and a new crater that was a kilometer across and 300 meters deep was formed (an acidic lake has since formed in the crater; see below). The pumices contain 58 wt. The calculated mean emission rate at the lake's surface in March 2007 was 1,500 g/(m2/day), and in December 2007 a preliminary estimate was 860 g/(m2/day). McGee J J, Tilling R I, Duffield W A, 1987. Catalog number links will open a window with more information. Volcan El Chichon, Mexico: pre-1982 S-rich eruptive activity. H2S made up more than 95% of the sulfur gases in the plume. During its first circuit of the globe, the cloud could be seen in part (but usually not all) of the range 5-30°N, sometimes occupying a band roughly 15-20° wide. Table 1. El Chichón volcano in southern Mexico forms a broad symmetrical cone with a diameter of 10 km at itsbase and is capped by a 600 m wide crater containing a 80 m high andesitic lava dome. This is a view of the El Chichon caldera, formed during the very explosive eruptions of late March and early April of 1982. 4 was the last major explosive event at El Chichón. Res., 23: 11-38. In all other areas within 2-3 km of the crater, the 1982 deposits are covered only by moss, lichen, and tall grass. Duffield noted that such oral traditions, although not scientifically provable, can provide valuable insight into events that have occurred in the past, and clues to those events that may occur in the future. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. A total of 9 villages were completely destroyed, killing 1,900 people. Relict portions of altered brecciated trachyandesite described by Rose and others (1984) as remnants of the pre-1982 dome and shown on the map of Casadevall and others (1984) as "altered areas" are still actively steaming. Although heavy rains had compacted the ash, 3-4 m remained at the rim of the new crater. A high-temperature fumarole NE of the crater lake contains molten orange sulfur within the orifice of a 1-m-high feature otherwise covered with needle-like amorphous yellow sulfur. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 6: 1-146. According to co-author Dmitri Rouwet, the rumbling beneath the crater often triggers small intracrater avalanches. University of Wyoming balloon flights from Laredo, Texas 17-19 May passed through two primary layers, at 15-20 km and 24-27 km altitude. El Chichon Volcano erupted on 28th March 1982 after several months of increased seismic activity. A few fumaroles on the NE side of the crater are characterized by vigorous geyser activity, sending a constant flux of boiling water to 2-3 m height. J. Volcanol. Also, intracrater avalanches still occur, particularly after heavy rainfall. *Oxford University Press, 536 pp. People living near the volcano reported an eruption in late March or early April that produced light ashfall near the volcano, and was accompanied by loud, thunder-like noises. Information Contacts: Dmitri Rouwet, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV-Palermo), Sezione di Palermo, Via Ugo La Malfa 153, CAP 90146, Palermo, Italy (URL: http://www.pa.ingv.it/); Agnes Mazot, Loic Peiffer, and Yuri Taran, Instituto de Geofisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Ciudad Universitaria, Circuito Exterior s/n, Col. Copilco, Del. Lakes formed behind natural dams of new pyroclastic flow deposits at several sites around the volcano. Fumarolic activity continues; lake chemistry unchanged. The heavy ashfall forced the closure of roads and the airports at Villahermosa and Tuxtla Gutiérrez (~ 70 km S of the volcano). The seismic stations were located in Coapilla, Chapultenango (11 km ESE of the summit), and Ostuacán (12 km NW). Farther away, only 28 March and 4 April tephra had been deposited. 4, with only smaller vulcanian and phreatic (steam-driven) explosions from the volcano -- and all this time people chaotically evacuated the area. Before the 1982 eruption, the volcano was heavily forested, with a shallow crater, 1,900 X 900 m, elongate NNW-SSE. Due to local ground noise, only the Chapultenango station could be set at a relatively high gain. However, as of early June, lidar stations in Italy and West Germany had not detected layers at these altitudes. Jr., Bagley, S., Finnegan, D.L., and Zoller, W.H., 1984, Crater lake and post-eruption hydrothermal activity, El Chichón Volcano, México: JVGR, v. 23, p. 163-191. Such processes can occur very rapidly, as recently shown by the dome growth at Kelud, Indonesia, in November 2007. Midway between Ostuacán and Francisco León, a river was boiling and flattened trees could be seen upslope. Armienta M A, De la Cruz-Reyna S, Macias J L, 2000. Wired may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Further Reference. 28, 1982 that it was fully realized that El Chichón was far from dormant. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. Geologists reported that earthquakes as strong as magnitude 1.5 were recorded about every 3 minutes 6 April. were collecting rock samples on the rim of the outer crater, a small earthquake was detected by the Chapultenango station. Previous temperatures had not exceeded 38°C since January 1983 when the lake reached 56°C. The breakthroughs and innovations that we uncover lead to new ways of thinking, new connections, and new industries. The high water mark of the lake coincided with the NASA flight in early November when it was 60 cm higher than in January. The first eruption was preceded by one month of intense shallow seismicity (h∼5km). No other notable changes in fumarole position were noted. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. In 1982, the El Chichón volcano erupted in Chiapas, Mexico, killing 2,000 people. J. Volcanol. Fieldwork on 11-18 January revealed continued fumarolic activity around the crater lake and crater walls as observed in June 1992 (17:06). El Chichon was the first major eruption to have its atmospheric effects studied in detailed by modern instruments. The largest eruption killed many people in and near the village of Francisco León (~ 5 km SW of the summit), but initial reports that all of its residents died were incorrect, according to an American missionary who had lived in the village for many years. El Chichón released a remarkable amount of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere - almost 7 to 10 million tons, or roughly seven times that of the equivalently sized St. Helens eruption. At Ixtacomitán, 18 km ENE of the summit, there was a heavy fall of tephra no larger than 4 cm in diameter and the army was sent to evacuate 3,000 residents. Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, Eruptions, Earthquakes & Emissions Application, Department of Mineral Sciences collections, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO), Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE), Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA), Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA), The IAVCEI Commission on Volcanic Hazards and Risk has a, Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (. The periods of high discharge at the springs correspond to periods when the lake grows. El Chichon, Mexico 1982 El Chichon was another volcano in which residents had little warning of impending danger. The 1982 explosions destroyed the summit dome creating a 1 km wide crater. Figure 8 shows the lake in 2005, the smallest volume at this crater lake yet observed. Stable with tremor; hot spring; significant crater-lake-volume variations. Site 1, which better reflected the ambient conditions of the lake because of the absence of nearby fumaroles or boiling zones, had a temperature of 30.7°C and a pH of 2.3. Information Contacts: L. Silva M., J-J. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility. Careful inspection of visible satellite imagery from the NOAA 6 and 7 polar orbiters, the GOES East and West (U.S.), GMS (Japan), and Meteosat (Europe) geostationary weather satellites has permitted the tracking of the densest portion of the 4 April stratospheric cloud as it circled the globe from E to W. The cloud reached Hawaii by 9 April, Japan by 18 April, the Red Sea by 21 April, and had crossed the Atlantic Ocean by 26 April, dipping S to about 5°N at its W edge. of California, Berkeley; M. Matson, D. Haller, C. Kadin, NOAA/NESS; B. Mendonça, NOAA/ERL; K. Coulson, MLO, HI; M. Hirono, Kyushu Univ. After the eruption, a dam on the Río Magdalena made of volcanic debris breached, flooding the valleys with hot water (as hot as 82°C) that destroyed bridges and a hydroelectric station. Two new sites were chosen. Strike-slip faults and K-alkaline volcanism at El Chichon volcano, southeastern Mexico. The Mexican government has resettled people from heavily damaged villages onto land in other parts of the state of Chiapas. A dense tephra cloud drifted ENE from the volcano and a much more diffuse plume moved in roughly the opposite direction (figure 1). This may offer potential for future monitoring. Geotherm. ... found that the majority of large eruptions generally last . Sulfide, which had not been present in samples since 1993, was at 3.22 mg/L, the highest concentration ever recorded. Scattering was about equal at all wavelengths except near-infrared, where the cloud was more transparent. From Tucson, Arizona on 14 May, Aden and Marjorie Meinel observed a roughly 40 X 400 km band of smoky clouds pass overhead during the afternoon, but at sunset these clouds appeared to be at an altitude of only 8 km. From Norwich, England, H.H. Information Contacts: S. De la Cruz-Reyna, Z. Jiménez, J.M. This took place in months such as January, only a few months after the end of the June-October rainy season. Blackbody temperatures of the tops of dense eruption columns are determined from GOES East geostationary weather satellite digital data, and are compared to temperature/altitude profiles from radiosondes launched from Veracruz, México (19.15°N, 96.12°W) at 0600 and 1800 daily. El Chichon last let go in spectacular style in 1982, destroying local communities and killing 2,000 people. Lidar measurements and reports from England indicated that gradual northward dispersal was continuing. Analysis of an infrared image returned at 0300 yielded a cloud top temperature of -75°C, corresponding to an altitude of 16.8 km, ~ 1 km above the tropopause. Antipodal acoustic-gravity wave signals from the first 3 April and 4 April explosions were detected at Tennant Creek, Australia (19.52°S, 134.25°E). Most of the casualties on the N flank were reportedly caused by fires started by incandescent airfall tephra. of Wyoming; A. Meinel, M. Meinel, Univ. Friend, Drexel Univ. On the SE part of the rim, a fracture system 90 m long, 6-9 cm wide at its SE end, and 0.2-8 cm wide at the NE end, trended N 65°E, and was associated with mild fumarolic activity. Information Contacts: Silvia Ramos, Monitoreo Volcanológioc y Sismológico, Chiapas, México, Río Cantela 221, Fracc Paraíso II, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, México; M. Aurora Armienta, Instituto de Geofisica, UNAM, México 04510, D.F., México. First, even volcanoes that seem benign can be very dangerous. Vapor was emitted from 6-8 vents distributed around the shore and churning of the lake water indicated that gases were also emerging from sources beneath its surface. April 1982 NOAA 7 satellite data between 120°E and 122.5°W showed an apparent increase in albedo (visible band) and an apparent decrease in outgoing longwave radiation (thermal infrared band) between 15°N and 35°N, peaking at 23°-26°N, when compared with the zonal average from the previous 4 years. A feature similar to Bishop's Ring was observed 17 May and windrows of aerosol moved over Tucson later that afternoon. Analysis of records from nearby seismic stations (the nearest at Ostoacán, 115 km NW) showed no increased seismicity. Variations observed in the size of the fumarole plumes were thought to be caused by changes in temperature and humidity. Over 24,000 square kilometers of countryside were covered with ash as a majority of the material erupted came in the form of airfall. Solfataras and hot springs were present in the crater and on the flanks. Persons in the SW U.S. observed phenomena that indicated the presence of stratospheric layers. The acidity and temperature of the lake water were similar to 1992 and 1993. Because of the danger of mudflows when the rainy season begins around the end of April, authorities established a prohibited zone extending outward 10 km from the summit. So, although the volcano erupted infrequently, when it did, it did it with gusto (a typical pattern for volcanoes with longer repose times). & M. Meinel, W. Livingston, Univ. Tilling, R., 1974, Rockfall activity in pit craters, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii: Proceedings of the Symposium on "Andean and Antarctic Volcanology Problems", IAVCEI, Santiago, Chile, September 1974, p. 518-528. During this period, 21 shallow events with coda magnitudes <1.8 were registered. The eruption of El Chichón teaches us two very important lessons about monitoring volcanoes. This is the first time that a direct connection between an increase of stratospheric temperatures and an increased aerosol load has been established in real time. During several 4-hour periods in the crater, we never needed gas masks, even in the most active areas. The crater as a whole typically had H2S concentrations of 2-6 ppm, which required special precautions for the scientists. These boiling streams are sites of mineral precipitation, and active red, brown, and green algae growth. The ratio of NO (measured by a chemoluminescent technique) to total sulfur gases (analyzed by flame photometry) was an order of magnitude higher in the El Chichón plume than at Arenal, Poás, Colima, and Mt. Michael Matson provided additional data on the initial heights and subsequent directions of movement of different layers of the eruption clouds from the largest El Chichón explosions (table 1). Among the deaths were one geologist and 32 soldiers sent to the village of Francisco León, ~ 6 km SW of the summit, after the 28-29 March explosion. The crater lake, which had recovered to November 1982 levels by November 1990, was turquoise-blue and had at least two large zones of intense surface effervescence as described by Casadevall and others (1984). A strong haze has been present over Houston, Texas since early May. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM; J. Romeo León Vidal, Sismología del Sureste C. F. E., Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, México. A thin plume drifted E about 120 km before dissipating. The current activity may continue and could include dome emplacement.". . Recently exhumed fault planes veneered by secondary mineralization in the crater wall were also quite common. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design. No new explosions; dense stratospheric cloud over N hemisphere. The gas emission fed a relatively diffuse, low-altitude plume that was visible within ~ 15 km of the volcano. At the time of the 24 April sampling, the crater lake covered approximately half of the bottom of the crater. We will measure temperature and pH, and sample sites of hydrothermal activity. Extreme heat made it impossible to approach the village of Francisco León, 5 km SW of the summit. Between the first and second visits, on 19 April and 3 May, new crater-floor rockfall deposits had originated from the SE crater wall. The authors considered the perturbations too small to cause the distant landslide. 86020 Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico; Wendell A. Duffield, USGS, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM; A. Krueger, NASA GSFC; M. Matson, NOAA/NESDIS; T. Casadevall and R.. Tilling, USGS. Petrographic and chemical data suggest an alkali-rich 'andesitic' composition. The flight crew reported unambiguous evidence of the cloud as far N as the US-Canada border and estimated that it reached more than 21 km altitude. The eruption began 28 March at 2332 and NOAA geostationary weather satellite imagery showed that the eruption column was about 100 km in diameter 40 minutes later. Magnitude 3 earthquake nearby but crater unchanged. At lower latitudes, the strongest layers were centered above 25 km. Information Contacts: Yuri Taran, Jose Luis Macias, Juan Manuel Espindola, and Nicholas Varley, Instituto de Geofisica, UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacan 04510, México D.F., México. However, cloud elevations were estimated at 13.5 km and this prompted an on-site investigation. Cochemé, S. de la Cruz-Reyna, F. Medina, M. Mena, J. Havskov, S. Singh, UNAM, México; R. Canul D., Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Morelia; R. Tilling, USGS, Reston, VA; W. Duffield, USGS, Menlo Park, CA; W. Fuller, NASA Langley Research Center; T. DeFoor, MLO, Hawaii; M. Hirono, Kyushu Univ. In: Siebe S, Macias J-L, Aguirre-Diaz G J (eds) Neogone-Quaternary continental margin volcanism: a perspective from Mexico, Geol Soc Amer Spec Pap, 402: 1-44. During the next 5 hours, ash drifted over N Guatemala and Belize. Discharge estimates for the volcano-hydrothermal system were made in April: springs on the southern slopes of the volcano and the Soap Pool inside the crater discharged at least 300 kg/s of thermal water. "Reports of strange noises and vibrations in the small town of Coapilla, 21 km S of El Chichón, caused some concern among the population, since rumors that an eruption should be expected on the 10th anniversary of the 1982 catastrophic eruptions were spreading across Chiapas state. Haze was widespread over central México, reducing visibility to about 8 km in México City ( ~ 650 km WNW of the volcano) and to only about 3 km in Tampico (~ 750 km NW of the volcano). Solfataras and hot springs were present in the crater and on the flanks. 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