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Fuego volcano

Updated: Jul 3, 2022 03:06 GMT - Refresh
Stratovolcano 3,763 m / 12,346 ft
Guatemala, 14.47°N / -90.88°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
Last update: 29 Jun 2022 (Volcanic Ash Advisory)
An ash eruption from Fuego volcano seen from the distance
An ash eruption from Fuego volcano seen from the distance

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.

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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
Lastest nearby earthquakes:
TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Saturday, July 2, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Jul 2, 2022 10:23 am (GMT -6) (Jul 2, 2022 16:23 GMT)
3.8

8 km
256 km (159 mi)
North Pacific Ocean, 98 km southwest of Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Jun 28, 2022 2:49 pm (GMT -6) (Jun 28, 2022 20:49 GMT)
4.5

25 km
219 km (136 mi)
62 km southwest of Puerto Madero, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
Sunday, June 19, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Jun 19, 2022 4:20 am (GMT -6) (Jun 19, 2022 10:20 GMT)
4.2

30 km
191 km (119 mi)
North Pacific Ocean, 62 km southwest of Tapachula de Cordova y Ordoñez, Mexico

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.

Fuego Photos

Strombolian eruption at Fuego volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strombolian eruption at Fuego volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The silhouettes of Acatenango, Fuego and Atitlán volcanoes at dawn (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The silhouettes of Acatenango, Fuego and Atitlán volcanoes at dawn (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Red flower with Fuego in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Red flower with Fuego in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fuego volcano in the first morning light (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fuego volcano in the first morning light (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
 



Fuego volcano tours:
Volcanoes in the land of the Maya (15-day study trip and expedition to Guatemala's volcanoes)
Guatemala Volcano Special (8-day volcano tour to Pacaya and Fuego, Guatemala)

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