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Pacaya volcano satellite image by (c) Google Earth View
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Pacaya volcano
Complex volcano 2552 m (8,373 ft)
Guatemala, 14.38°N / -90.6°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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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.
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Volcano news: Pacaya (Guatemala)

Pacaya volcano (Guatemala): new lava flows; strong strombolian activity

Tuesday Jul 21, 2020 08:09 AM | BY: MARTIN
New lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
New lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
New lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
New lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
Average seismic amplitude of the PCG station during 14-20 July (image: INSIVUMEH)
Average seismic amplitude of the PCG station during 14-20 July (image: INSIVUMEH)
Effusive-explosive activity of the volcano continues at high levels associated with lava flows in various directions and constant strombolian explosions in Mackenney summit crater. The same activity was recorded during 2006 and 2010, 2014 and during July-August 2019 as the magma was rising within the volcano through the eruptive fissures. Due to high level of activity it is expected higher effusion rate around the cone and explosions can become stronger.
During 14-20 July, when no lava flows were observed, INSIVUMEH recorded a new lava flows that started to descend from northwestern cone in front of Cerro Chino towards the southeast direction yesterday morning.
Incandescent material is being ejected to an approximate height 75 meters above the crater.
In addition, fumarolic activity is observed from the summit crater. The plumes were dispersed towards the south direction.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 21 July 2020
Previous news
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2020
Effusive-explosive activity at Pacaya volcano these days (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
Effusive eruption of the volcano continues at elevated levels. ... read all
Thursday, Jul 09, 2020
Lava flow on the northeast flank from Pacaya volcano from satellite (image: Sentinel 2)
INSIVUMEH reported that the lava flow on the northeast flank are being observed, currently about 300 m long. Lava flows on the southwest and northwest flanks remain active. ... read all
Tuesday, Jul 07, 2020
Lava flow from Pacaya volcano yesterday (image: INSIVUMEH)
INSIVUMEH reported that the lava flow on the northwest flank are being observed, currently about 500 m long. ... read all
Wednesday, Jul 01, 2020
Incandescence from Pacaya volcano (image: @stereo100xela/twitter)
Effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano continues at elevated levels. ... read all
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
Scoria is being ejected from the summit crater from Pacaya volcano (image: @ConredGuatemala/twitter)
Strombolian activity continues from Mackenney summit crater. ... read all

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