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Satellite image of Fuego volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Latest news from Fuego:
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016
Volcanologist Edgar Barrios from INSIVUMEH's volcano observatory (OVF) kindly sent us these photos of the ongoing activity of Fuego volcano. ...
A new paroxysm (the 3rd this year) is occurring at the volcano
. Over the past days, strombolian and effusive activity had gradually increased into now pulsating lava fountains and well-alimented lava flows. ...
10 Feb 2016
Typical eruption style
: Dominantly explosive, construction of lava domes and extrusion of viscous lava flows. In near constant activity, at least during the past centuries.
Fuego volcano eruptions
: 1581, 1585, 1586, 1587, 1614, 1617, 1620, 1623, 1629, 1679(?), 1685, 1686, 1689(?), 1699, 1702, 1705, 1706, 1709(?), 1710,1717,1730, 1732, 1737, 1751(?), 1765(?), 1773(?), 1799, 1826, 1829, 1850(?), 1852(?), 1855, 1856, 1857, 1860, 1861(?), 1867(?), 1880, 1896, 1932, 1944, 1949, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1987, 1999, 2002 - ongoing
No recent earthquakes
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Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes, is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua. It typically has strombolian activity and sometimes phases of intense lava fountaining, producing tall ash plumes and dangerous pyroclastic flows.
Collapse of the ancestral Meseta volcano about 8,500 years ago produced a massive debris avalanche that traveled about 50 km onto the Pacific coastal plain. Growth of the modern Fuego volcano followed, continuing the southward migration of volcanism that began at Acatenango, the northern twin volcano of Fuego. Frequent vigorous historical eruptions have been recorded since 1524 and have produced major ashfalls, along with occasional pyroclastic flows and lava flows. The last major explosive eruption from Fuego took place in 1974, producing spectacular pyroclastic flows visible from Antigua.
Agua volcano near Antigua, Guatemala, with erupting Pacaya in the right background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Volcanic coast Los Hervideros, Montanas del fuego in background, Lanzarote Isl., Canaries (Photo: WNomad)
Powerful strombolian eruption at Fuego volcano, Guatemala (Photo: Yashmin Chebli)
Explosion from Fuego volcano, Guatemala, at night (Photo: Yashmin Chebli)
Pacaya volcano with its lava flows seen from Acatenango volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
(Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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