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Central America. Atmospheric data indicated continued dispersal of the dense part of the stratospheric aerosol cloud ejected by El Chichón's 4 April eruption. In early June, there were several explosion pits on the floor of the new crater, all of which were filled with boiling water or mud and were emitting vapor. 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). High concentrations of H2S forced the geologists to leave after 40 minutes. Cocoa, coffee, and banana crops were destroyed, and the cattlemen's association requested that animals from a wide area be transported for butchering because ashfall had made grazing impossible. The conspicuous clouds had nearly disappeared by 9 May, but a strong aureole remained around the sun all day 10 May. No large explosions have taken place since 4 April, but occasional minor ash emission continued. However, on Apr. Luhr, J.F., and Varekamp, J.C. However, in the aftermath of the 1982 eruption, El Chichón's nearby flanks still contain abundant unstable slopes, and the new vegetation fails to keep up with the erosion rate. Rose W I, Bornhorst T J, Halsor S P, Capaul W A, Plumley P J, De la Cruz-Reyna S, Mena M, Mota R, 1984. Geologists suggested that the halite sampled by NASA and anhydrite found in tephra near the volcano are probably the result of contamination by evaporites, which were found in bedrock penetrated by two Petroleos Mexicanos drillholes near El Chichón. Average fumarole temperatures had dropped from 116°C in January to 99° in October. Nine distinct signals were recorded, including a strong gravity wave, indicating that the eruption column struck the tropopause. Some hydro-geochemical fluctuations observed in Mexico related to volcanic activity. More extensive field observations within the crater are planned for November or December. Servando de la Cruz visited the volcano and found no evidence that an eruption had occurred. 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. On Mar. 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. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. Since last visited in February 1993, several rockfalls had occurred from the inner crater wall. Volume and composition of tephra. Wind speeds near the volcano apparently remained relatively low and most of the cloud remained over S México and N Guatemala more than 24 hours later. The eruption of El Chichón is is overlooked in comparison to other historic eruptions like Mount St. Helens in 1980 or the aforementioned Pinatubo eruption, yet it teaches us a number of important lessons about how we can be better prepared for volcanic disasters and the potential influence of volcanoes on the Earth's climate. Apr. Most of the casualties on the N flank were reportedly caused by fires started by incandescent airfall tephra. This observation implies that the direct input of rainwater is not a major contributor to lake volume. Due to local ground noise, only the Chapultenango station could be set at a relatively high gain. Activity during 5-11 April 1982. The pumice, a porphyritic trachyandesite, has a whole-rock silica content of about 57.5%; silica content of the glass is about 61%. Data from ground-based lidar distant from El Chichón indicated that the dense portion of the stratospheric cloud ejected 4 April was spreading slowly northward. However, small earthquakes were felt around the area in 1980 into 1981, but little was done to increase monitoring around the supposedly quiet volcano. Prior to the 1982 eruptions the summit of the volcano consisted of a large lava dome within a shallow caldera. Prior to 1982 this relatively unknown volcano was a heavily forested lava dome cluster of no greater height than adjacent non-volcanic peaks. In March 2007 (figure 9) the lake contained the largest volume yet observed (~ 6 x 105 m3). Bull Volcanol, 58: 459-471. Evolution of the seismic activity from the 1982 eruption of El Chichon volcano, Chiapas, Mexico. Also, intracrater avalanches still occur, particularly after heavy rainfall. Stratospheric cloud. Government officials reported ashfall over an area of 24,000 km2 and crop damage of $55,000,000. Frequent rockfalls and continued thermal activity. 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. The expedition was made with helicopter support provided by the governments of the states of Tabasco and Chiapas. Throughout 1980 and 1981 there were a number of earthquakes in the area. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 6: 1-146. Activity during 4 April 1982. Macías and J.-C. Komorowski described the current activity and their interpretations of it during an informal conference on 19 May with residents of Chapultenango (11 km ESE of the crater), local authorities, and a group of elementary school teachers. The powerful 1982 explosive eruptions of high-sulfur, anhydrite-bearing magma destroyed the summit lava dome and were accompanied by pyroclastic flows and surges that devastated an area extending about 8 km around the volcano. A somewhat larger explosion that was first visible at 1500 produced a cloud that rose into the mid-troposphere and moved about 350 km N. Activity was declining by 1900. The crater lake has variable shape and size, depending on the flow rate of a boiling spring in the crater that feeds the lake. In hand specimen, the tephra appeared to be a crystal-rich andesite or dacite containing hornblende and considerable feldspar. These springs alternate between periods of high- and low-water discharge feeding the lake. In total, nine villages were destroyedover the course of the eruption. 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. 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. 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. 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. However, sampling in December 1999 revealed that this is no longer the case. This may offer potential for future monitoring. The major stratospheric cloud remained dense over lower northern latitudes. The Mexican government has resettled people from heavily damaged villages onto land in other parts of the state of Chiapas. Geochemistry of the volcano-hydrothermal system of El Chichon volcano, Chiapas, Mexico. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. A small ash ejection, lasting only a few minutes, occurred on 11 September, the first eruptive activity reported since minor ash emission stopped in early May. Unusual twilight colors were observed through mid-May from Flagstaff, Arizona, and extinction coefficients measured there were about three times the normal value [Livingston and Lockwood, 1983]. Photo by René Canul, 1981 (Comisión Federal de Electricidad). After several weeks of local seismicity, explosions in late March and early April ejected a series of tephra columns, two of which penetrated well into the stratosphere. Sigurdsson, H., Carey, S.N., and Fisher, R.V., 1987, The 1982 eruptions of El Chichón Volcano, México (3): Physical Properties of Pyroclastic Flows: BV, v. 49, p. 467-488. Note the ash and volcanic debris still noticeable in many of the drainages and the crater lake in the summit caldera, replacing the dome that was blasted away during the eruption. J. Volcanol. A feature similar to Bishop's Ring was observed 17 May and windrows of aerosol moved over Tucson later that afternoon. 4, the volcano opened up yet again, this time producing an even bigger eruption than on Mar. Portable seismometers on the crater rim 21-23 April detected only two small events in 26 hours. The top of this glow was at 24 km, the highest altitude observed from Tucson thus far. Thanks to the over 600 years since the last major eruption of El Chichón, few people living near the volcano (or even in the geologic community) appreciated the danger that it posed. Variations observed in the size of the fumarole plumes were thought to be caused by changes in temperature and humidity. much longer than a week. At lower latitudes, the strongest layers were centered above 25 km. 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. Extreme heat made it impossible to approach the village of Francisco León, 5 km SW of the summit. Information Contacts: F. Medina, UNAM, México; J. Luhr, Univ. Crater lake water level lower in September 2001 despite increased rainfall. However, the effects of this eruption were not limited to Mexico. The thin blue line in front of the virtual needle can be used as a sight to line up punctures. Several layers were detected, with strongest backscattering at an altitude of 25.7 km. 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 powerful 1982 explosive eruptions of high-sulfur, anhydrite-bearing magma destroyed the summit lava dome and were accompanied by pyroclastic flows and surges that devastated an area extending about 8 km around the volcano. Lamb observed a rose-colored pillar of light at sunset 27 April and 9 May. Very little was known about this volcano, with few geological studies and little to no monitoring of activity. Information Contacts: W. Fuller, NASA; M. Hirono, Kyushu Univ., Japan; H. Lamb, Univ. 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. 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. 4 was the last major explosive event at El Chichón. Information Contacts: S. de la Cruz-Reyna, UNAM. Res., 23: 169-191. From the dimensions of the extended twilight illumination, Lamb estimated that the layer was at very roughly 20 km altitude. The powerful 1982 explosive eruptions of high-sulfur, anhydrite-bearing magma destroyed the summit lava dome and were accompanied by pyroclastic flows and surges that devastated an area extending about 8 km around the volcano. The photograph in figure 5 was taken in April 2004 and shows the warm, bright green, acidic crater lake. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Ferns and grasses have returned to some of these hydrothermal areas. No historical eruptions were known before the Plinian eruption in 1982, although solfataras and hot springs were present in the summit area and on the flanks. By 5 April, the low-altitude plume from the second 3 April explosion had reached the S Texas coast and Brownsville reported visibility of only 6.5 km in haze. However, with NASA's SAGE satellite no longer functional, determination of the extent of the cloud at any given time is very difficult. However, at low latitudes, where dense aerosols have been observed since shortly after the eruption, both the altitudes and concentrations of the strongest layers have decreased noticeably in November. The following is from the scientific team's report. Such processes can occur very rapidly, as recently shown by the dome growth at Kelud, Indonesia, in November 2007. Macias J L, Espindola J M, Taran Y, Sheridan M F, Garcia A, 1997. Nevertheless, crater floor inspection during December 2007 found it unbroken (without evidence of rupture or breaching). 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. 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. 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. 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. In Pichucalco (~ 20 km NE of the summit) incandescent tephra could be seen rising from the volcano and the ash cloud darkened the sky during the morning as though it were night. Low-altitude (1.5-2 km) ejecta from the 4 April explosion also moved northward, and a slight change in wind direction blew the ash cloud further N and inland over Texas by late 7 April. "The water sample (taken about 1 hour before the seismic event) shows a composition similar to other recent samples. El Chichon last let go in spectacular style in 1982, destroying local communities and killing 2,000 people. Smaller explosions, calculated to have begun at 0312, generated acoustic waves and a single gravity wave that were received near Dallas for 10 minutes. Bull Volcanol, 59: 436-449. We believe this to be caused by aerosols produced from the recent eruptions of El Chichon (17.33°N, 93.2°W) on April 4, 1982. The total volume of the eruption was much smaller than Pinatubo in 1991, but its effect on global climate was as significant as its bigger cousin. Data courtesy of Instituto de Geofisica, UNAM. The eruptions created a new 1-km-wide, 300-m-deep crater that now contains an acidic crater lake. In general, ongoing measurements suggest decreasing concentrations for the boiling spring and crater lake waters with time. Fumarolic activity. 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 salinity was greater when the lake had higher volume. Initial estimates of the number of additional deaths varied, ranging as high as 100, and many more were probably killed on the SW flank during this or subsequent eruptions (see 5 paragraphs below). Res., 97: 105-125. A Bishop's Ring was first seen from Houston, Texas on 11 April and has been intermittently visible since. Warming and solute concentration rises detected during December 1999 visit. Long windrows of aerosol were visible, similar to the phenomenon seen after the 1976 Augustine eruption. However, NaCl crystals were a significant component and salt has apparently never before been found in significant quantities in a volcanic cloud. Fieldwork on 11-18 January revealed continued fumarolic activity around the crater lake and crater walls as observed in June 1992 (17:06). 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 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 highly enhanced El Niño, which is followed by tropospheric warming, may have acted to counterbalance the surface cooling in the case of El Chichón. (eds. 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 . Tephra samples were collected from about 100 sites around El Chichón in mid-April. Macias J L, Capra L, Arce J L, Espindola J M, Garcia-Palomo A, Sheridan M F, 2008. To try to reduce local alarm, J.L. The summit of El Chichon after the 1982 eruption. Geof Internac, 26: 85-108. Several terraces representing stationary lake levels were visible. The temperature of the crater lake had decreased to 42°C from 52-58°C during the previous descent in late January. 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. . 4, p. 293-296. No significant N-S component had developed above 10 km since the El Chichón eruption. tory of El Chichon volcano during the Holocene, search-´ ing for the eruption rates of different VEI magnitude cat-egories and testing their time dependence. % SiO 2 , 2.2% MgO, 2.8% K 2 O, 0.4% P 2 O 5 , and over 1.2% SO 3 . 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. The 1982 explosions destroyed the summit dome creating a 1 km wide crater. Although the volume of the eruption was small (< 1 cubic km of alkalic trachyandesite tephra, similar in volume to Mount St. Helens), El Chichon was also notable because it released an unusually large volume of aerosols (7 Mt of SO2 compared to 1.0 for Mount St. Helens). You can follow Erik on Twitter, where you'll get volcano... A magnetic ring could reduce needle sticks. 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. The only changes that we noticed during our visits were caused by frequent rockfalls from the crater walls. The periods of high discharge at the springs correspond to periods when the lake grows. Solfataras and hot springs were present in the crater and on the flanks. No large explosions have occurred at El Chichón since 4 April and weak ash emission was last observed 11 May. More vigorous activity 3-4 April produced several pyroclastic flows, some more than 15 m thick, followed by two airfall deposits. From Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, extinction of two times normal at 3,900 was measured in mid-May. Note that the cloud top temperatures are usually for eruption columns that have just been ejected from the volcano and thus have not yet reached their maximum altitudes. Fumarole and crater lake temperatures decline. No casualties were reported. During this period, 21 shallow events with coda magnitudes <1.8 were registered. The 1982 eruption of El Chichón is the largest volcanic disaster in modern Mexican history. Table 1. The calculated start time for this activity was 0250 and signals continued for 14 minutes. 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. A second but much smaller explosion was observed on the satellite imagery at about 0900 on 30 March. No new explosions were reported from El Chichón through early January and seismicity remained at very low levels. 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. A possible northward diffusion of the cloud, probably on its second circuit of the globe, is shown by the sharply higher backscattering ratios detected at Fukuoka, Japan (33.65°N, 130.35°E) in May. The eruption was also reported to have killed most of the birds near the volcano. About 140 residents of the village itself and a similar number from the countryside nearby were killed by the pyroclastic flow that destroyed the village 4 April (SEAN 07:05). 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. Expand each entry for additional details. 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. Lidar operated by NASA at Hampton, Virginia (37.1°N, 76.3°W), began to detect layers at higher altitudes in early June. 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. This activity is probably a result of the increased rainfall that reached 3,829 mm in the area January-October, compared to 3,219 mm measured during the same period last year. Pyroclastic flows and casualties. A recent article (Duffield, 2001) describes an oral tradition of the Chamula Indians, descendants of the Mayan culture. Most of the fumaroles were drowned by ground water, had temperatures between 90° and 115°C, and were audibly emitting steam. The high alkali content of the pumice, occurrence of anhydrite in tephra, and presence of halite in the stratospheric cloud reflect contamination by evaporites. 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. 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). All rights reserved. From Norwich, England, H.H. Further analysis of samples collected 5 and 7 May during NASA Ames Research Center flights south from San Francisco shows particles ranging from less than 0.1 µm to several µm at the base of the cloud (about 19 km altitude). By the end of July, few of the 60,000 refugees from the eruption remained in temporary camps. Catalog number links will open a window with more information. 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. No previous eruptions of El Chichón are known in historic time. A team of scientists from UNAM and elsewhere visited El Chichón's crater lake on 15 February. 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). By noon the next day, a faint plume extended to about 25°N, 79°W, almost to Cuba, and lower altitude material, probably at only ~ 1.5 km, was drifting directly northward along the 95°W meridian. His passion in geology is volcanoes, and he has studied them all over the world. 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. Activity during 28-29 March 1982. In 1982, the El Chichón volcano erupted in Chiapas, Mexico, killing 2,000 people. A dense veil covered the sky 15-16 May. Sigurdsson H, Carey S N, Espindola J M, 1984. Further References. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. Since the eruptions of 1982, observations at El Chichón have indicated decreasing magmatic fluids. 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. The total volume of eruptive products is probably less than 0.5 km3, much of which is juvenile pumice, which is highly porphyritic with plagioclase, amphibole, and clinopyroxene as major phenocrysts. The last major eruption of El Chichón prior to 1982 occurred about 500 years ago, but residents reported an eruption about 130 years ago, witnessed by their grandparents, that was strong enough to prompt an evacuation. 1360 A.D. (although a small explosion may have occurred in ca. (ed. Petrographic and chemical data suggest an alkali-rich 'andesitic' composition. This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. Villages within a 7-km radius were entirely destroyed or heavily damaged. These boiling streams are sites of mineral precipitation, and active red, brown, and green algae growth. Heavy ashfall was reported from towns near the volcano. Crater lake. Macias J L, Espindola J M, Bursik M, Sheridan M F, 1998. Table 3. The authors inferred that future El Chichón volcanism might take the form of intracrater dome growth. It is the youngest, and the only non-extinct volcano in this belt. ; R. Chuan, Brunswick Corp.; C. Wilson, Univ. The ejection of a minor ash column on 11 May was accompanied by a few small discrete earthquakes centered at about 2 km depth, and additional seismicity that may have been harmonic tremor. Universidad 102, Col. Pino Suarez, C.P. 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