Santiaguito volcano eruption spews ash to a height of 5km into the atmosphere

May 3, 2017 1:04 pm Last Updated: May 3, 2017 1:04 pm

Naturally volcanos  will erupt or explode. Although it’s probably one of the most beautiful nature phenomenon’s to watch, it’s also one of the most dangerous. If you are lucky, in this lifetime, you will safely witness an eruption in a beautiful setting.

 Such explosions are even visible from space, due mostly to the ash clouds that can reach several thousand feet into the atmosphere.

When Santa Maria’s Santiaguito lava-dome in Guatemala exploded in 2016, it sent volcanic ash as high as 16,500 feet (5 km) above sea level. Due to winds in the area, the ash drifted westward, while pyroclastic flows descended the eastern and western flanks of the mountain itself.