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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03814

Steam pours from the new crater of El Chichón volcano in June 1982, about two months after the formation of the crater during a major explosive eruption.  When the crater was first seen after the eruption on April 25, three small lakes were observed on the crater floor.  These merged into a single lake that reached a maximum depth of about 120 m.  This aerial view from the east also shows erosional gullying of pyroclastic-flow and -surge deposits in the foreground on the outer flanks of the crater. Photo by Wendell Duffield, 1982 (U.S. Geological Survey).

Steam pours from the new crater of El Chichón volcano in June 1982, about two months after the formation of the crater during a major explosive eruption. When the crater was first seen after the eruption on April 25, three small lakes were observed on the crater floor. These merged into a single lake that reached a maximum depth of about 120 m. This aerial view from the east also shows erosional gullying of pyroclastic-flow and -surge deposits in the foreground on the outer flanks of the crater.

Photo by Wendell Duffield, 1982 (U.S. Geological Survey).


El Chichón