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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-10031

Windblown ash obscures soldiers searching the town of El Naranjo, 7.5 km south of the crater, a few days after the end of the eruption.  Among the several thousand deaths caused by the eruption were one geologist and 32 soldiers sent to the village of Francisco León, ~ 6 km SW of the summit, after the March 28-29 explosion. The pyroclastic flow that traveled through Francisco León left only a thin deposit, but of the structures in the village, only one wall of the church, parallel to the direction of the pyroclastic flow's movement, remained standing. 
 Photo by Servando De la Cruz-Reyna, 1982 (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

Windblown ash obscures soldiers searching the town of El Naranjo, 7.5 km south of the crater, a few days after the end of the eruption. Among the several thousand deaths caused by the eruption were one geologist and 32 soldiers sent to the village of Francisco León, ~ 6 km SW of the summit, after the March 28-29 explosion. The pyroclastic flow that traveled through Francisco León left only a thin deposit, but of the structures in the village, only one wall of the church, parallel to the direction of the pyroclastic flow's movement, remained standing.

Photo by Servando De la Cruz-Reyna, 1982 (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).


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