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Pacaya volcano satellite image by (c) Google Earth View
Pacaya volcano satellite image by (c) Google Earth View
Pacaya volcano
Complex volcano 2552 m (8,373 ft)
Guatemala, 14.38°N / -90.6°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) 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): new lava flows; series of strong explosions

Fri, 8 Jan 2021, 18:38
18:38 PM | BY: MARTIN
Multiple lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @UniversoNews1/twitter)
Multiple lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @UniversoNews1/twitter)
Thermal image of Pacaya volcano on 7 January (image: INSIVUMEH)
Thermal image of Pacaya volcano on 7 January (image: INSIVUMEH)
Effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano has been increasing during the past days confirmed by the INSIVUMEH volcano observatory.
A new effusive eruption has been producing two lava flows that started to descend slowly from a vents on the northern flanks, currently about 50 m and 200 m long. New vents are eruptive fissures. The lava flow on the southwestern slope remains active, currently about 550 m long.
A moderate-to-strong eruptive episode of strombolian explosions is now in progress at the volcano's Mackenney summit crater characterized by higher-than-usual dense ash plumes that rose to estimated 3 km altitude as can be seen in the video recorded below.
Blocks were ejected as far as 300 m away from the crater.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 8 January 2021
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