Latest news from Fuego:
Monday, Apr 14, 2014
The volcano has returned to normal levels of activity without producing a new paroxysm when activity climbed during 10 April. Intermittent explosions of strombolian type and small to moderate size were heard during the past 24 hours, but could not be directly observed due to cloud cover. [more]
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014
Activity at the volcano continues to increase and could be heading towards a new paroxysm with lava flows, strong explosions and potential pyroclastic flows. Constant avalanches were observed on the upper southern flank, which could be related to the opening of an effusive vent. ... [more]
Fuego volcanoFuego, 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.
Background: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.
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