Spectacular explosion

18/01/2017 Nick

An eruption occurred in the early hours of the 18th Jan. and it has been heralded as one of the most dramatic night-time eruptions seen in recent years. Granted, it looks spectacular on the webcams de Mexico video. However, the explosion did not produce as much seismic energy as the larger events that occurred in 2005 (when there were no publically available images or social media). It is an interesting way to start 2017 and if the similarities with 2005 continue, we may see a lot more events like this and getting larger. There is clearly a large degassing magma body at depth and monitoring is currently critical. The only photos so far are from the reliable webcamsdemexico.com.