It is nearer the Pacific than the Gulf of Mexico. It is a huge volcano that in 1902 was ranked one of the worst modern day eruptions ever. More on the Santa Maria volcano with a good map of the plates near Central America that are so active lately.
Guatemala MAP – (zoom in to Quetzaltenango for location – the RSOE map is wrong it shows Cancun by mistake)
Since the morning of 23 Jan, the lava flow front at the SE rim of the Caliente dome has become more active and generated a series of collapses resulting in small pyroclastic flows that reached the base of the dome.
The volcano observatory mentions that during the recent months, activity had been elevated with 40-45 explosions typically in one day, and associated ash plumes reaching 500-900 m height. . .
TWIN 4.3 quakes in Guatemala
- 4.3 earthquake offshore from the volcano. MAP
- 4.3 ” “. MAP – about the same location, different depth but both shallow.