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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, 1972, 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): no lava flows

Tuesday Aug 11, 2020 07:47 AM | BY: MARTIN
High temperatures on the NW flanks at Pacaya volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
High temperatures on the NW flanks at Pacaya volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
Incandescence continues to be observed in the Mackenney summit crater (image: INSIVUMEH)
Incandescence continues to be observed in the Mackenney summit crater (image: INSIVUMEH)
A relatively significant change in the activity of the volcano has occurred. As the effusive-explosive eruption has been dramatically increasing during the past 2 months, a weak strombolian activity continues from the Mackenney summit crater last days.
INSIVUMEH reported that no lava flows are being observed, but their absence has not been decreasing the seismic activity. Formation of lava flows in the near future is a possibility if activity at the volcano increases.
A satellite image from 23 July shows that the thermal anomaly is being observed on the northwestern slopes where the lava flows have continued to be active.
Strombolian activity continues from the Mackenney summit crater with ejecta thrown at an approximate height of 200 meters and 50 m away from the crater.
Incandescence continues to be observed in the crater.
Fluctuating seismicity continues with periods of high amplitude tremor associated with magma rising within the volcano.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 11 August 2020
Previous news
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
Thermal image at Pacaya volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
Effusive-explosive activity of the volcano continues at high levels during the past hours. ... read all
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
New lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
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. ... read all
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

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