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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) 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): two new lava flows; another short paroxysm episode

Thu, 4 Mar 2021, 09:58
09:58 AM | BY: MARTIN
Thermal image of the three lava flows at Pacaya volcano (image: @insivumehgt/twitter)
Thermal image of the three lava flows at Pacaya volcano (image: @insivumehgt/twitter)
The effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano continues at high levels characterized by strong strombolian activity from the Mackenney summit crater.
Judging from video record, another short lava-fountaining episode (so-called paroxysm) appeared from the summit crater yesterday that generated glowing lava bombs up to an approximate height of 500 meters above the summit as well as a tall and dense dark ash column that rose to estimated 11,500 ft (3,500 m) altitude extending about 25 km to the west of the volcano. Visibility of remaining lava fountains was very limited due to an ash clouds.
This event triggered a two new lava flows onto the S-SE-SW slopes of the edifice and branches off into several main arms. The lava on the south-southwestern flank keeping the flow active, currently about 1,100 m long.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 4 March 2021

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Wed, 3 Mar 2021, 09:01
Lava fountaining at Pacaya volcano generated dense dark ash plume (image: INSIVUMEH)
The effusive-explosive activity at the volcano has been increasing during the past few weeks characterized by strong ash emissions and sporadic series of small paroxysm with pulsating lava fountains. ... read all
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