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Statistical evidence of transitioning open-vent activity towards a paroxysmal period at Volcán Santiaguito (Guatemala) during 2014–2018

Carter, William; Rietbrock, Andreas ORCID iD icon 1; Lavallée, Yan; Gottschämmer, Ellen 1; Moreno, Alejandro Díaz; Kendrick, Jackie E.; Lamb, Oliver D.; Wallace, Paul A.; Chigna, Gustavo; De Angelis, Silvio
1 Geophysikalisches Institut (GPI), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Long-term eruptive activity at the Santiaguito lava dome complex, Guatemala, is characterised by the regular occurrence of small-to-moderate size explosions from the active Caliente dome. Between November 2014 and December 2018, we deployed a seismo-acoustic network at the volcano, which recorded several changes in the style of eruption, including a period of elevated explosive activity in 2016. Here, we use a new catalogue of explosions to characterise changes in the eruptive regime during the study period. We identify four different phases of activity based on changes in the frequency and magnitude of explosions. At the two ends of the spectrum of repose times we find pairs of explosions with near-identical seismic and acoustic waveforms, recorded within 1–10 min of one another, and larger explosions with recurrence times on the order of days to weeks. The magnitude-frequency relationship for explosions at Santiaguito is well described by a power-law; we show that changes in b-value between eruptive regimes reflect temporal and spatial changes in rupture mechanisms, likely controlled by variable magma properties. We also demonstrate that the distribution of inter-explosion repose times between and within phases is well represented by a Poissonian process. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000122222
Veröffentlicht am 28.07.2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2020.106891
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Zitationen: 5
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Geophysikalisches Institut (GPI)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 01.06.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0377-0273
KITopen-ID: 1000122222
Erschienen in Journal of volcanology and geothermal research
Verlag Elsevier
Band 398
Seiten Art. Nr.: 106891
Schlagwörter Santiaguito, Volcanic explosions, Seismic, Infrasound, Eruptive phases, Magnitude-frequency analysis
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