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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
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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Pacaya volcano (Guatemala): increase of activity, new fissure vent reported

Mon, 16 Nov 2020, 09:37
09:37 AM | BY: T
Pacaya volcano seen during the night 14-15 Nov 2020 the glow from the new vent on the western flank (left) (image: David Rojas / @DavidRojasGt / Twitter)
Pacaya volcano seen during the night 14-15 Nov 2020 the glow from the new vent on the western flank (left) (image: David Rojas / @DavidRojasGt / Twitter)
Both the explosive and effusive activity at the summit vent increased significantly during the morning of 15 Nov 2020.
The volcano observatory of INSIVUMEH reported that incandescent lava bombs were thrown to up to 300 m above the summit and landed in up to 100 m distance. Associated ash emissions rose to 3 km altitude. As the output of lava increased as well, more intense avalanches of lava blocks and ash from collapsing parts of the flow on the steep flank were generated. These avalanches and small pyroclastic flows reached up to 500 m distance and generated additional ash plumes.
During the next hours, it seems that a new fissure vent opened as well on the southwestern flank, as reports in social media by observers suggest, although this detail has yet to be confirmed by the volcano observatory.
Previous news
Tue, 10 Nov 2020, 07:22
Ash emissions from Pacaya volcano on 8 November (image: @ConredGuatemala/twitter)
Effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano continues. ... read all
Mon, 2 Nov 2020, 07:00
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. ... read all
 

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