The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for El Chichón. El Chichon last let go in spectacular style in 1982, destroying local communities and killing 2,000 people. Geologists working a few km NE of the summit reported that about 2 mm of wet ash fell at about 1000 on 8 April and 1130 on the 9th. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM, México. The periods of high discharge at the springs correspond to periods when the lake grows. Concern arose as to whether the event was triggered by El Chichón volcano. Central America. The largest dome, the former summit of the volcano, was constructed within a 1.6 x 2 km summit crater created about 220,000 years ago. Before the 1982 eruption, the volcano was heavily forested, with a shallow crater, 1,900 X 900 m, elongate NNW-SSE. The steam output from the crater (from fumaroles with elevated temperatures) did not exceed 20 kg/s. Geotherm. Several terraces representing stationary lake levels were visible. This is a view of the El Chichon caldera, formed during the very explosive eruptions of late March and early April of 1982. A recent article (Duffield, 2001) describes an oral tradition of the Chamula Indians, descendants of the Mayan culture. Information Contacts: C. Lomnitz, S. de la Cruz-Reyna, F. Medina, UNAM, México; M. Krafft, Cernay; D. Haller, C. Kadin, M. Matson, NOAA/NESS; A. Krueger, NOAA/NWS; F. Mauk, Teledyne Geotech; C. Wilson, Univ. 4, p. 293-296. During the seismic recording, the volcano was visited to obtain samples. "Violent eruptions of the stratovolcano El Chichón destroyed its summit dome and formed a 1-km-wide crater. Volcanologist and Eruptions blogger Erik Klemetti retraces history with before-and-after images. Plumes on satellite images not caused by eruptions. Portable seismometers on the crater rim 21-23 April detected only two small events in 26 hours. 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. 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). I've talked about the "missing eruption of 1258 A.D.", which most people assume needs to be a volumetrically large eruption, however as El Chichón shows, even an eruption that only released about one-tenth of the material of the 1991 Pinatubo eruption can have as large, if not larger, climate impact. Ground observers reported that the comparatively minor activity lasted about 3 hours and that no incandescent tephra was ejected. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM. Ash and tephra fall from the eruption was 15 cm thick 20 km NE from El Chichón and 5 cm thick as far as 70 km NE. The eruption was also reported to have killed most of the birds near the volcano. WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Future work. Geotherm. No previous eruptions of El Chichón are known in historic time. 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). High H2S and NO in plume; slow diffusion of stratospheric cloud. Flights from the NASA Ames Research Center near San Francisco to about 23°N on 19 April and 5 May sampled the base of the cloud at about 19 km altitude. The heavy ashfall forced the closure of roads and the airports at Villahermosa and Tuxtla Gutiérrez (~ 70 km S of the volcano). We will measure temperature and pH, and sample sites of hydrothermal activity. The conspicuous clouds had nearly disappeared by 9 May, but a strong aureole remained around the sun all day 10 May. ; R. Chuan, Brunswick Corp.; C. Wilson, Univ. Table 1. It spewed vast quantities of sulphur dioxide and other particulates into the atmosphere. Seismographs recorded the draining of the lake over a period of about 1 hour, sending a flood of hot water downstream. Information Contacts: King Freeland, Distrito Reynosa 157, Fracc. 28. Servando de la Cruz visited the volcano and found no evidence that an eruption had occurred. "The level of the crater lake was receding of 2-3 cm/day during the period of observations. Residents of Jacksonville, Florida also began to see brilliant sunsets 4 June. Several layers were detected, with strongest backscattering at an altitude of 25.7 km. 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. of California, Berkeley; M. Matson, D. Haller, C. Kadin, NOAA/NESS; B. Mendonça, NOAA/ERL; K. Coulson, MLO, HI; M. Hirono, Kyushu Univ. The major 1982 high-sulfur explosive eruptions were accompanied by devastating pyroclastic flows and surges, destroying the summit lava dome and creating a new ~1-km-wide crater now containing the acidic crater lake. Coyoacan, CP 04510, Mexico DF, Mexico (URL: http://www.geofisica.unam.mx/vulcanologia/spanish/personal.html); Nick Varley, Centre of Exchange and Research in Volcanology, Faculty of Science, University of Colima, Av. It has been estimated to cover the earth from S of the equator to as far N as Japan between 21 and 33 km altitude and to average 9.6 km thick. El Chichón was by no means a remarkable-looking volcano prior to 1982 (see right) -- it is merely a complex of domes with a tuff ring made of ejected volcanic material. A helicopter flight over the village during the first week in April revealed no signs of life. 28, things quieted down at El Chichón until Apr. El Chichón's most recent eruption began on March 28, 1982 and devastated an area of about 10 km around the volcano and covered southeastern Mexico with ash fall . Taran Y A, Fischer T P, Pokrovsky B, Sano Y, Aurora-Armienta M, Macias J L, 1998. 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. 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. A light ashfall occurred in Houston during the night of 7-8 April and samples were collected for analysis by NASA geologists. Stratospheric cloud. In March 2007 (figure 9) the lake contained the largest volume yet observed (~ 6 x 105 m3). This material helped warm the stratosphere by 4°C and cool the north hemisphere by 0.4-0.6°C -- one of the most significant cases of cooling in the past few centuries. Before the 1982 eruption, the volcano was heavily forested, with a shallow crater, 1,900 X 900 m, elongate NNW-SSE. The temperature of the crater lake had decreased to 42°C from 52-58°C during the previous descent in late January. Information Contacts: L. Silva M., J-J. Two portable seismometers were set up on the moat area and run for 80 hours. Figure 7 depicts a sequence of what resemble stair steps developed on the pyroclastic deposits. As a result, insects multiplied and devoured crops planted at the beginning of the rainy season, leaving many farmers without food. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 6: 1-146. much longer than a week. More than ten large explosive eruptions have occurred since the mid-Holocene. Geotherm. Wired may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. All villages within 15 km of the summit had previously been evacuated and tens of thousands of people had fled their homes. At College, Alaska (6,634 km from the volcano), about an hour of acoustic signals were received from both the 28 March and 4 April explosions. The 1982 eruptions of El Chichón Volcano produced three major pumice- and ash-fall layers. ), 1984, El Chichón Volcano, Chiapas, México: JVGR, v. 23, no. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. The 28 March explosion produced heavy tephra falls N of the volcano, but the initial press reports of the thickness of ash deposits, included last month, were exaggerated. After the 2007 rainy season the lake volume decreased, coinciding with a change to pure vapor emission from the geyser-like spring since August 2007 (figure 10). *Oxford University Press, 536 pp. Crater lake. of Wyoming; A. Meinel, M. Meinel, Univ. The recession correlated with a deepening of color in the lake and may in part have been due to the end of the rainy season.". Of the roughly 1,000 residents of Francisco León, about half had reportedly left before the eruption because of the many felt earthquakes in February and March, but the remainder were missing in early April. Ozone data from the Nimbus-7 polar orbiting satellite, available for the two weeks following the cloud's ejection, allowed its path to be clearly traced, and scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center hope to continue observations of its position as more satellite data arrives. Most residents of low-lying areas had been evacuated, but at a hydroelectric project 35 km downstream one worker was killed and three were badly burned by 52°C water. J. Volcanol. Since A.D. 1500, only 21 eruptions with VEI 5 or greater have occurred: one VEI 7 (the 1815 Tambora eruption), four of VEI 6 (including Krakatau in 1883), and sixteen of VEI 5 (counting Mount St. Helens in 1989 and El Chichon, Mexico in 1982). Yuri Taran estimated the approximate height of these "steps" as 0.5-1 m, but the photographer Freeland suggested a height of up to 3 m. Taran and Freeland both offered that the features may result from the work of water, and Taran also suggested wind as a possibility. Solfataras and hot springs were present in the crater and on the flanks. Dense aerosol cloud spreads slowly northward. Trees that were charred but not totally blown down >5 km away have begun to grow again from their stumps. Saline, near-neutral pH water pours from a boiling geyser-like spring on the lake's N coast. Scientists from UNAM's Instituto de Geofísica, Michigan Technological Univ., the Univ. 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. You can follow Erik on Twitter, where you'll get volcano... A magnetic ring could reduce needle sticks. Small phreatic explosion; little northward movement of stratospheric cloud. The event, the subject of a report in the newspaper La Jornada, was reported to have buried 40-60 dwellings and killed at least 10, but more likely 200-300 residents. The pumices contain 58 wt. The 1982 eruption of El Chichón is the largest volcanic disaster in modern Mexican history. Over 24,000 square kilometers of countryside were covered with ash as a majority of the material erupted came in the form of airfall. All rights reserved. The 1982 El Chichón eruption was the worst volcanic . A small explosion during the early afternoon of 2 April ejected a mushroom-shaped cloud that rose to ~ 3.5 km altitude in 30 minutes. No new activity; aerosol cloud continues dispersal. Both layers were normally-graded but the 3 April layer, where present, consisted only of fine ash. Bull Volcanol, 61: 411-422. Res., 23: 169-191. Some evidence from wave form and polarity suggested both tectonic and internal explosion sources for these events. From Norwich, England, H.H. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM; T. Casadevall, USGS. (In fact, pottery shards are found in deposits from the volcano as far back as 2,500 years before present.) To try to reduce local alarm, J.L. There was no evidence of any eruptive activity since at least 3 November, when excellent NASA photography was obtained. Information Contacts: José Luis Macías, Michael F. Sheridan, and Carmelo Ferlito, SUNY, Buffalo, NY; Juan Manuel Espíndola, Servando De la Cruz-Reyna, and M. Aurora Armienta, Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM. Science, 224: 747-749. Site 1, which better reflected the typical ambient conditions, had a pH of 2.15 and a temperature of 33°C. The Soap Pool, a boiling spring that had an outflow rate of ~20 kg/s in 1996-97, had decreased to an outflow of only 6-7 kg/s of very saline boiling water. As of early November, no new eruptive activity has been reported from El Chichón since the small ash ejection of 11 September described last month. However, cloud elevations were estimated at 13.5 km and this prompted an on-site investigation. A helicopter flight over the volcano on 10 November allowed observation of hydrothermal activity that had increased from last year's levels. The volcanic hazard map of El Chichón is based on detailed field work that documented twelve eruptions during the last 8000 years, and computer simulations. Little new vegetation could be seen on the volcano and 1ahar deposits were evident in stream valleys. Geyser-like fumaroles emitted a gas phase only, and extensive mud cracks indicated an 85 cm drop in the level of the crater lake. J. Volcanol. Pages Llergo, Villahermose, Tabasco, CP86125, México; Yuri Taran, Instituto de Geofisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM), Ciudad Universitaria, Coyaocan 04510, México D.F., México (URL: http://www.geofisica.unam.mx/). After the initial blast on Mar. It is part of a minor volcanic belt called the Chiapanecan Volcanic Arc. "The crater was geologically mapped and rocks and gases were sampled extensively. A strong haze has been present over Houston, Texas since early May. No relationship between the earthquake and the volcano has been established. Earthquakes had been increasing over February and March 1982, enough to cause some people living near the volcano to leave, but little was done to increase monitoring or awareness of the volcano, even after geologists who had mapped the volcano in 1980-1981 had warned that it was hazardous. The photograph in figure 5 was taken in April 2004 and shows the warm, bright green, acidic crater lake. Duffield, Wendell A., 2001, At least Noah had some warning: Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 82, p.305, 309. One period ac-counting the eruptions of the last 3707years before the last eruption (BLE) is assumed to be complete, with no miss-ing relevant events. Strong H2S emissions but no new explosions. Further Reference. % SiO 2 , 2.2% MgO, 2.8% K 2 O, 0.4% P 2 O 5 , and over 1.2% SO 3 . 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/). The Mexican government has resettled people from heavily damaged villages onto land in other parts of the state of Chiapas. Instruments at McMurdo, Antarctica, 11,865 km from El Chichón, recorded about 2 hours of infrasonic signals. The crater lake has variable shape and size, depending on the flow rate of a boiling spring in the crater that feeds the lake. 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. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. Although an acrid smell was noted at active hydrothermal areas, H2S concentrations must have decreased below the 2-6 ppm that forced geologists to take special precautions in 1983 and to leave the crater in 1984. 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. of East Anglia; J. Nania, Deaconess Hospital, Spokane, WA; Numero Uno newspaper, Tuxtla Gutierrez. An eruption column was emerging from the volcano by 0300 and blew to both the NE and SW. A series of gravity waves and acoustic signals from this activity were again recorded by Teledyne Geotech instruments near Dallas, Texas. Less than a week after geologists left the volcano major additional shrinkage of the lake was reported, and as of early May the lake occupied less than half the area it had covered 24 April. James Luhr calculated that [~0.30] km3 of tephra (converted to a density of 2.6 g/cm3) had fallen within the 0.1 cm isopach (figure 2). This took place in months such as January, only a few months after the end of the June-October rainy season. At around 11:30 p.m., the volcano produced the first of its three major Plinian eruptions, unleashing a plume that reached 27 km and within 40 minutes, the plume had a diameter of 100 km. The axis of maximum deposition extended approximately N from the summit for the 28 March tephra and roughly E from the summit for the 4 April material. Rose, W., Bornhorst, T., Halsor, S., Capaul, W., Plumley, P., de la Cruz-Reyna, S., Mena, M., and Mota, R., 1984, Volcán el Chichón, México: pre-1982 S-rich eruptive activity: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 23, p. 147-167. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Extreme heat made it impossible to approach the village of Francisco León, 5 km SW of the summit. A team of scientists descended into the crater during the week of 16 October. In hand specimen, the tephra appeared to be a crystal-rich andesite or dacite containing hornblende and considerable feldspar. 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. Res., 175: 444-458. One fumarole on the SW side of the crater had a temperature of 446°C. Pyroclastic flows and casualties. El Chichon Volcano erupted on 28th March 1982 after several months of increased seismic activity. Volcanic history of El Chichon Volcano (Chiapas, Mexico) during the Holocene, and its impact on human activity. However, on Apr. A small rockfall avalanche on the SE inner wall of the crater followed the first explosion. 1360 A.D. (although a small explosion may have occurred in ca. The crater interior and lake were essentially unchanged. Macias J L, Espindola J M, Bursik M, Sheridan M F, 1998. Strike-slip faults and K-alkaline volcanism at El Chichon volcano, southeastern Mexico. There was no change in the appearance of the crater, crater lake, or outer flanks, and no sign of any recent tephra deposits. The high altitude of the cloud made direct sampling difficult and none has been possible in the densest portion above 25 km. All of the fumaroles produced sublimates, primarily native sulfur. Most of the casualties on the N flank were reportedly caused by fires started by incandescent airfall tephra. 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. The temperature at site 2 was 66.6°C and its pH was 1.7. 27, p. 156-170. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. Subsequent geologic studies, based on stratigraphic and radiocarbon investigations, showed that at least three explosive eruptions had occurred previously at this volcano. This week–long eruptive outburst (VEI 5) produced world–wide volcanic gas clouds, extensive ash fall, and surges and pyroclastic flows. Shortly afterward, an ash flow flattened trees in the valley surrounding the pumice flow deposit and left a relatively thin layer of ash that had a temperature of 94°C at 10 cm depth 3 days later. A balloon flight from Laramie, Wyoming (41.33°N, 105.63°W) in mid-April detected a sharp peak at 17 km (just below the tropopause at 18 km). Geotherm. During the next 5 hours, ash drifted over N Guatemala and Belize. Airfall tephra thickness in Nicapa, 7 km NE of the summit, totaled 25-40 cm [but see 7:4] after the 4 April eruption. This increase was particularly high in October 1990, when 1,069 mm of rain was reported, compared to 701 mm measured in October 1989. Thus, more vigorous rockfall activity might be expected, particularly during the coming rainy season or periods of heightened regional seismic activity. J. Volcanol. ; J. Rosen, Univ. Bulk of stratospheric cloud remains at low N latitudes. Smaller explosions, calculated to have begun at 0312, generated acoustic waves and a single gravity wave that were received near Dallas for 10 minutes. No casualties were reported. Major erosion of pyroclastic flow deposits around El Chichón (figure 3) has taken place since the eruption. The highest layer detected was at 29.7 km altitude. It spewed vast quantities of sulphur … In the Río Magdalena near Xochimilco (8 km NW of the crater), vegetation has made a strong comeback on pyroclastic-flow deposits, which are now covered by tall grasses and acacia trees up to 2 m high with trunks several centimeters in diameter. Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. Havskov, J., de la Cruz-Reyna, S., Singh, S.K., Medina, F., and Gutiérrez, C., 1983, Seismic activity related to the March-April, 1982 eruptions of El Chichón Volcano, Chiapas, México: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 10, no. Information Contacts: W. Fuller, NASA; M. Hirono, Kyushu Univ., Japan; H. Lamb, Univ. The seismic stations were located in Coapilla, Chapultenango (11 km ESE of the summit), and Ostuacán (12 km NW). Tilling R I, Rubin M, Sigurdsson H, Carey S, Duffield W A, Rose W I, 1984. The flood also destroyed a bridge several kilometers from the pyroclastic dam. The total acoustic energy of this activity was significantly greater than that produced by the early morning explosions, and the eruption plume was denser and probably rose somewhat higher. Res., 23: 147-168. ; Romeo León Vidal, CFE, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México. The changes were probably due to the decrease in rainfall during December and January. In the same area, several boiling springs about 2-3 m above the present crater-lake surface produce boiling streams with a significant discharge into the lake, 50 m away. Temperatures measured by a thermocouple at 40 cm depth on 8 April averaged 360°C, and were as high as 402°C. Information Contacts: P. McCormick and W. Fuller, NASA; R. Reiter, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, W. Germany; T. DeFoor, MLO; M. Hirono, Kyushu Univ., Japan; S. Hayashida, Nagoya Univ., Japan; T. Fujita, Meteorological Research Inst., Japan; E. Brooks, Saudi Arabia; A. Instead, rainwater is thought to infiltrate into the crater floor and then discharge into the lake through the boiling springs. Between the first and second visits, on 19 April and 3 May, new crater-floor rockfall deposits had originated from the SE crater wall. During field work at El Chichón between December 1980 and February 1981, more than 1 year before the eruption, Rene Canul heard loud noises and felt small earthquakes near the central dome, and could also feel some events while on the flanks of the volcano. Nevertheless, crater floor inspection during December 2007 found it unbroken (without evidence of rupture or breaching). Information Contacts: José Luís Macías V. and Michael Sheridan, State Univ of New York, Buffalo, NY; Jean-Christophe Komorowski and Claus Siebe, Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM; Robert Tilling, USGS. Armienta M A, De la Cruz-Reyna S, Macias J L, 2000. Boron concentrations, at 66 mg/L, were also the highest recorded values since January 1983. 1982 eruption. Through mid-May, wind data from Hilo, Hawaii showed a strong (up to 240 km/h), steady W to E flow between 10 and 20-22 km altitude, and a steady, 50-60 km/h E to W flow above 25-26 km. Data courtesy of Instituto de Geofisica, UNAM. ), 1983, El Volcán Chichonal: Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 100 p. (9 papers). These false-color satellite images were collected on Februrary 21, 1980 by Landsat-3, and on March 11, 1986 and June 4, 2011 by Landsat-5. Volume and composition of tephra. & M. Meinel, W. Livingston, Univ. Spectacular sunsets were observed there in late May and early June and the haze blotted out stars during the night of 2-3 June. J. Volcanol. Halite concentration was only a few percent of the amount of H2SO4 sampled, but H2SO4 was not as dominant as in many previous volcanic clouds. The two crater lakes observed in September had combined into a single bright yellow-green lake that covered more than 80% of the crater floor. A pumice flow deposit from the 4 April eruption extended ~ 5 km NE from the summit, terminating ~ 2 km from Nicapa. By 0530 the next morning, satellite images showed the main plume extending from the Yucatán Peninsula, S of Cuba, to Haiti, and remnants of the more diffuse plume over the E Pacific Ocean at about 15°N, and 118-119°W. The pyroclastic flow was followed by two plinian eruptions that produced plumes that reached at least 29 km (see below). Analysis of records from nearby seismic stations (the nearest at Ostoacán, 115 km NW) showed no increased seismicity. J. Volcanol. Stratospheric cloud. 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. Duffield relates the story to his studies of the 1982 eruption at El Chichón, during which many of the conditions of the eruption, including frequent earthquakes and several deaths by surges of very hot water, seem to correspond to the ancient oral tradition. 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