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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.
Stratovolcano 3,763 m / 12,346 ft
Guatemala, 14.47°N / -90.88°W Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Fuego webcams / live data Fuego volcano videos Fuego volcano books | Tours 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 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. Last earthquakes nearby
Satellite image of Fuego volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Fuego volcano news & eruption update
Fuego volcano (Guatemala): 3rd paroxysm in 2017 ended
Sunday Apr 02, 2017 17:47 PM | BY: T
Lava flows on Fuego's eastern flank this morning (image: INSIVUMEH webcam from Reunion)
A new paroxysm (short-but intense eruptive phase with lava fountaining), the 3rd in 2017 so far, has occurred over the weekend and ended a short time ago.
Activity has gradually increased during the past days, with explosions becoming stronger and more frequent. Since 31 March, strombolian-type explosions, with ejections up to 300 m above the summit crater, have become near-constant, producing abundant rock falls mainly to the east and southeast upper flanks of the volcano. The peak phase with pulsating lava fountains and lava flows began in the morning of 1 April (local time) and lasted approx. 16 hours, before sharpy dropping after past midnight.
3 lava flows have descended the eastern, southeastern, and WSW slopes, through the Las Lajas, Taniluya, and Santa Teresa gullies, respectively, and reached a length of approx. 3,000 meters.
Ash plumes rose to approx 5,000 m altitude and drifted west. Ash falls occurred in up to 80 km distance, including the area of Lake Atitlan, Chicacao, Mazatenango, Retalhuleu, El Palmar and other places.
By this morning, the volcano has returned to its comparably calm, typical style of intermittent small to moderate strombolian explosions.
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