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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): elevated strombolian activity, ash dispersion up to 66 km

Thu, 11 Feb 2021, 10:48
10:48 AM | BY: MARTIN
Large ash content extended up to 66 km to the NW of Pacay volcano (image: @ConredGuatemala/twitter)
Large ash content extended up to 66 km to the NW of Pacay volcano (image: @ConredGuatemala/twitter)
Relatively high eruption column and strrong explosion from Mackenney summit crater (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
Relatively high eruption column and strrong explosion from Mackenney summit crater (image: @William_Chigna/twitter)
Ash dispersion (66 km) to the NW of the volcano visible from satellite (image: INSIVUMEH)
Ash dispersion (66 km) to the NW of the volcano visible from satellite (image: INSIVUMEH)
The lava flow emitting from eruptive fissure on S-SW slope of Pacaya volcano from space (image: @UECentroamerica/twitter)
The lava flow emitting from eruptive fissure on S-SW slope of Pacaya volcano from space (image: @UECentroamerica/twitter)
The effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano continues.
INSIVUMEH reported that the activity at the volcano has been increasing during the past few days characterized by explosive eruptions at high levels.
Strong eruptive episode is now in progress at the volcano's Mackenney summit crater that generated moderate-to-stronger explosions than the average size of explosions at the volcano at regular intervals of 3 to 5 per hour. Blocks were ejected as far as 200 m-300 m away from the crater.
Increasingly tall and dense ash plumes can be seen rising from the summit crater that rose to estimated 11,000 ft-12,450 ft (3,400 m-3,800 m) altitude and drifted into various directions, but most often W-SW direction.
According to volcano obsevatory, a large amount of ash and gas emissions were extended up to 66 km to the northwest of the volcano on 9 February.
The volcano continues to effuse the lava flow from the eruptive fissures on the S-SW flank, currently about 1,300 m long and producing frequent glowing avalanches of material.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 11 February 2021

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