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Lahar hazards at Agua volcano, Guatemala

Open-File Report 2001-432

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Abstract

At 3760 m, Agua volcano towers more than 3500 m above the Pacific coastal plain to the south and 2000 m above the Guatemalan highlands to the north. The volcano is within 5 to 10 kilometers (km) of Antigua, Guatemala and several other large towns situated on its northern apron. These towns have a combined population of nearly 100,000. It is within about 20 km of Escuintla (population, ca. 100,000) to the south. Though the volcano has not been active in historical time, or about the last 500 years, it has the potential to produce debris flows (watery flows of mud, rock, and debris—also known as lahars when they occur on a volcano) that could inundate these nearby populated areas.

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Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Lahar hazards at Agua volcano, Guatemala
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2001-432
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Vancouver, WA
Contributing office(s):
Volcano Science Center, Cascades Volcano Observatory
Description:
Report: 14 p.; Plate: 34.63 x 40.63 inches
Number of Pages:
16
Country:
Guatemala
City:
Antigua
Other Geospatial:
Agua Volcano
Datum:
North American 1927
Projection:
Universal Transverse Mercator projection
Scale:
50000
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
Y