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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, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980 - May 1998 (intense period of summit activity), 1999-2003, 2004-2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
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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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Pacaya volcano (Guatemala): the lava flow branches off into two arms

Mon, 2 Nov 2020, 07:00
07:00 AM | BY: MARTIN
Eruptive fissure on the SW flank with two arms of lava flow at Pacaya volcano on 31 October (image: Sentinel 2)
Eruptive fissure on the SW flank with two arms of lava flow at Pacaya volcano on 31 October (image: Sentinel 2)
The effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano has remained essentially unchanged at moderate levels.
Eruptive fissure, opened on the southwestern flank of the volcano, generates the lava flow that continues to be active and branches off into two arms, currently about 475 m and 75 m long.
Weak strombolian-type explosions are recorded with scoria thrown at an approximate height of 100 meters above the Mackenney summit crater.
A fumarolic activity is detected with small amount of ash and extending about 1 km to the south of the volcano.
The seismic instruments record internal tremor associated with explosions and lava flows and magma rising within the volcano edifice.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 2 November 2020
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