El Chichón Eruption (1982)

Kristin Stevens

In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief

El Chichón Eruption (1982)

  • Citations
  • Add to My List
  • Text Size

  • Entry
  • Reader's Guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject Index

  • In 1982, the El Chichón volcano erupted in Chiapas, Mexico, killing 2,000 people. It was the worst volcanic disaster in Mexico's recorded history.

    Very little was known about this volcano, with few geological studies and little to no monitoring of activity. The eruptions were therefore a surprise to both scientists as well as government officials. Small earthquakes were felt in the region, causing the Chiapas government to request help from the federal government. The actions of all levels of government were slow, and no help was made available until after the eruptions were over.

    Three powerful eruptions occurred over a one-week period beginning March 28 and ending April 4, 1982. The impact was felt in both Chiapas and the neighboring state of Tabasco. ...

    Looks like you are not subscribed to have access to full content on this book.

    Please login or subscribe to get access.

    If your Institution does not have a subscription and you cannot access the full text of content on the site, find out how your Institution can subscribe.

    • Geography
    • Government and International Agencies
    • History
    • Human-Induced Disasters
    • Infrastructure
    • Local Response
    • Major Disasters (Relief Case Studies)
    • Medicine and Psychology
    • Methods and Practices
    • Mitigation
    • Natural Disasters (Overviews)
    • Politics and Funding
    • Preparedness
    • Recovery
    • Response
    • Science and Prediction
    • Sociology
    • U.S. Geographical Response
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • H
    • I
    • J
    • K
    • L
    • M
    • N
    • O
    • P
    • Q
    • R
    • S
    • T
    • U
    • V
    • W
    • X
    • Y
    • Z


      • Loading...
    Back to Top