Volcano news: Pacaya (Guatemala)
Pacaya volcano (Guatemala): new lava flows; series of strong explosions
Fri, 8 Jan 2021, 18:3818:38 PM | BY: MARTIN
Multiple lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: @UniversoNews1/twitter)
Effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano has been increasing during the past days confirmed by the INSIVUMEH volcano observatory.
Thermal image of Pacaya volcano on 7 January (image: INSIVUMEH)
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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