VOLCANO ACTIVE In MEXICO

     The new lava dome continues to grow inside the crater that had formed during the eruptions in January and has by now been completely filled by the new lava. The dome overspills the old crater rims to the southerns and western sides and produces glowing avalanches as well as small ash explosions several times per hour. A recent field report describes the dome as a blocky mass of lava, that is slightly darker than the rest of the volcano, composed of blocks of many meters in size. Part of the dome continues as a thick tongue of viscous lava stretching about 100 m down on the upper western flank. The balance between the rate of alimentation of the flow and the loss of mass during avalanches will determine how long this lava flow will reach.

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