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Pacaya volcano satellite image by (c) Google Earth View
Complex volcano 2552 m (8,373 ft)
Guatemala, 14.38°N / -90.6°W
Pacaya webcams / live data
Pacaya volcano eruptions:
1360, 1565, 1623(?), 1651, 1655, 1664, 1668, 1671, 1674, 1677(?), 1678, 1690, 1693, 1699, 1717(?), 1760(?), 1775, 1805, 1830(?), 1846, 1885, 1961, 1965, 1970, 2972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980 - May 1998 (intense period of summit activity), 1999-2003, 2004-2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Typical eruption style:
Mildly explosive and effusive (Strombolian activity, lava fountaining, lava flows from the summit crater). Near continuously active the least during the past centuries.
Last earthquakes nearby
Tue, 10 Nov 2015, 16:53
Pacaya's active vent inside Mackenney crater on 6 Nov (facebook video snapshot)
Near continuous spattering and weak strombolian activity is occurring from a vent deep inside the Mackenney crater. ...more
Fri, 6 Nov 2015, 06:44
Weak, deep-seated explosive activity continues inside the Mackenney crater. INSIVUMEH reports moderate degassing creating a plume of 150-200 m height with pulsating emissions of bluish gas. At night, weak glow is visible from the crater.
Wed, 23 Sep 2015, 11:05
INSIVUMEH reported that during 17-19 September white-and-blue fumarolic plumes rose from Pacaya's Mackenney cone and drifted W and S. Tremor was detected and incandescence from the crater was visible at night. ...more
Tue, 1 Sep 2015, 11:05
Tremor at Pacaya which began on 16 June continued to be elevated at least through 18 August. INSIVUMEH reported that white-and-blue gas plumes were accompanied by a small gas emission on 1 September; the plume drifted W.
Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 13:38
Weak strombolian activity continues inside the Mackenney crater and produces small plumes of gas and light ash. Glow is visible at night.
Sun, 9 Aug 2015, 11:44
Deep-seated strombolian activity produces small ash plumes from the Mackenney crater where glow can be seen at night.
Sun, 5 Jul 2015, 10:53
Mild strombolian activity producing small ash plumes continues at the Mackenney crater. Incandescence is visible from the crater at night,
Mon, 22 Jun 2015, 15:32
Tremor amplitude of Pacaya volcano during the current month
Mild strombolian activity has resumed in the main (Mackenney) crater of the volcano. INSIVUMEH reported intense degassing, small ash emissions, incandescence at night and volcanic tremor. ...more
Tue, 2 Jun 2015, 16:19
INSIVUMEH reported degassing and occasional ash emissions that rise approx. 200 m above the Mackenney crater. This is likely a sign of weak, dee-seated strombolian activity from a vent inside the crater.
Sat, 7 Feb 2015, 15:33
Small ash emissions continue, probably from mild, deep-seated strombolian activity in the new pit inside Mackenney crater described a week ago.
Tue, 3 Feb 2015, 17:22
Number of recorded explosions and tremor amplitude at Pacaya (INSIVUMEH)
New ash emissions and explosions, up to 40 per day, have occurred last week, indicating the volcano could be heading towards a new eruptive phase of strombolian activity. ...more
Thu, 15 Jan 2015, 12:03
Weak incandescent spot, but no degassing from Mackenney crater on 8 Jan 2015 (Landsat 8 image / processed by Rudiger Escobar Wolf @rudigerescobar / twitter)
The volcano is becoming active again. In a special bulletin yesterday, INSIVUMEH reported that ash emissions occurred from the volcano. ...more
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