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Fuego Volcano

Updated: Jul 15, 2024 17:09 GMT -
Stratovolcano 3,763 m / 12,346 ft
Guatemala, 14.47°N / -90.88°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
Last update: 15 Jul 2024 (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

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance / Location
Jul 7, 03:56 am (Guatemala)
2.5

3 km
4 km northwest of Amatitlan, Guatemala Info
Jul 7, 01:34 am (Guatemala)
2.5

6 km
14 Km al sureste de Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala 2 reportsInfo
Jul 6, 10:39 pm (Guatemala)
3.1

7 km
28 km (17 mi) to the E 13 Km al sureste de Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala 28 reportsInfo
Saturday, July 6, 2024 GMT (3 quakes)
Jul 6, 04:35 pm (Guatemala)
2.6

6 km
14 Km al sureste de Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala 1 reportInfo
Jul 6, 04:32 pm (Guatemala)
2.5

3 km
14 Km al sureste de Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala Info
Jul 6, 01:11 pm (Guatemala)
2.7

1 km
25 km (15 mi) to the E 15 Km al sureste de Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala Info

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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Latest satellite images

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Satellite image of Fuego volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Satellite image of Fuego volcano by (c) Google Earth View

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