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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, 2972, 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)

Sat, 29 Dec 2012, 11:05
Seismic recording from morning of 28 Dec showing the explosion signals
Pacaya volcano is waking up. A series of 3 small explosions occurred yesterday morning and generated small ash plumes rising 500 m. The explosions were probably phreatic, but along with the previous explosions 10 days ago they likely indicate that magma has started to rise within the volcano and might reach the surface soon again. Strombolian and/or lava flow effusion activity, Pacaya's typical activity, could thus resume in a relatively short time. ...more
Wed, 26 Dec 2012, 10:45
This morning's seismogram from Pacaya (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
No new explosions have been observed and the only activity at the surface is degassing. INSIVUMEH mentions that tremor and volcanic quakes are visible, suggesting new eruptions could occur any time.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012, 11:05
During the past 48 hours no more activity has been observed. The small explosions on 18 Dec have left a small crater. At the moment, the volcano is emitting a light bluish gas and steam plume only.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012, 10:37
An ash plume from Pacaya, 18 December. Image by CONRED
The CONRED reported that on the morning of 18 December three small explosions of gas-and-ash were detected at the volcano. This is the first eruptive activity recorded at Pacaya since late 2010.
Tue, 18 Dec 2012, 11:05
Current seismic signal from PCG station (INSIVUMEH)
No usual surface activity has been observed recently, but small volcanic earthquakes are occurring frequently.
Fri, 2 Nov 2012, 11:05
This morning's seismogram from Pacaya (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
At the surface, only steaming from fumaroles is observed, but there is elevated seismic activity under the volcano.
Fri, 12 Oct 2012, 10:05
Apart from seismic activity above background levels, only steaming is observed at Pacaya.
Fri, 12 Oct 2012, 10:05
Apart from seismic activity above background levels, only steaming is observed at Pacaya.
Tue, 2 Oct 2012, 14:05
A strong reactivation of the fumarolic white steam plume from the main crater Mckenney occurred, averaging between 500 and 600 meters high, due to the large amount of rain in the last 24 hours.
Tue, 2 Oct 2012, 10:05
Current seismic signal from PCG station (INSIVUMEH)
A white mainly steam plume drifts south-west. The seismic station PCG records volcanic earthquakes and tremor (internal vibration) as well as some superficial volcanic events.

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