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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03813

A deposit of ash blankets the countryside around El Chichón volcano, seen in the background, on April 19, 1982, about two weeks after a series of major eruptions.  Ash covered an area of more than 45,000 sq km in a ENE-trending lobe.  At this location, 12 km NE of El Chichón, the ashfall deposit was 30 cm thick.  Fine ash and sulfuric-acid droplets from the 1982 explosive eruptions of El Chichón circled the globe and were responsible for brilliant sunsets in the northern hemisphere for the next few years. Photo by Jim Luhr, 1982 (Smithsonian Institution).

A deposit of ash blankets the countryside around El Chichón volcano, seen in the background, on April 19, 1982, about two weeks after a series of major eruptions. Ash covered an area of more than 45,000 sq km in a ENE-trending lobe. At this location, 12 km NE of El Chichón, the ashfall deposit was 30 cm thick. Fine ash and sulfuric-acid droplets from the 1982 explosive eruptions of El Chichón circled the globe and were responsible for brilliant sunsets in the northern hemisphere for the next few years.

Photo by Jim Luhr, 1982 (Smithsonian Institution).


El Chichón