El Salvador: El Chaparrastique volcano is still spewing gases, but no one has been hurt thus far

Chaparrastique is located at an altitude of 2,130 meters above sea level and its last time it did that was before the 2013 eruption.
  • The Chaparrastique volcano, located in eastern El Salvador, which erupted in December 2013, continues to expel gases and ash, with no reported victims or material damage, according to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).
  • The highest explosions, approximately 1,100 meters, were recorded on November 18 and 19, according to the report.
  • The Civil Protection Directorate issued a warning on November 16 for two departments in the eastern part of the country due to the volcano’s activity.

The Chaparrastique volcano, located in eastern El Salvador, which erupted in December 2013, continues to expel gases and ash, with no reported victims or material damage, according to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).

According to a “special” report from MARN, the total number of explosions registered since last November 15 is 146, with a daily average of 13, and the average height reached by the explosions is around 500 meters.

The highest explosions, approximately 1,100 meters, were recorded on November 18 and 19, according to the report.

According to historical records, the report indicates, the San Miguel volcano -also known as San Miguel- is characterized by this type of activity, which is classified as “strombolian” and is characterized by explosions, generally not very violent, accompanied by hot mixtures of gases, ashes, and rock fragments.

The Civil Protection Directorate issued a warning on November 16 for two departments in the eastern part of the country due to the volcano’s activity.

Civil Protection noted that since the eruption of the Chaparrastique volcano in December 2013, “it has remained permanently active, and in recent hours there have been slight explosions, gas emissions, and steam.”

The institution warned that the current activity could generate “slight discomfort to the health of the inhabitants due to gases emitted, interruption and momentary suspensions in the mobility of vehicular traffic and pedestrian circulation.”

Chaparrastique is located at an altitude of 2,130 meters above sea level. Its last eruption, before the one in 2013, was in 1976, according to data from the Ministry of Environment, which maintains permanent surveillance of some eight active volcanoes.