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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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Pacaya volcano (Guatemala) has more explosions in the process of waking up

Saturday Dec 29, 2012 11:05 AM | BY: T

Seismic recording from morning of 28 Dec showing the explosion signals
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.
In a press release, CONRED advised residents to remain calm and report observations of activity to authorities, not to spread rumors and put themselves at risk. Civil aviation was advised to be on watch (Pacaya is close to Guatemala Int. airport) in the event of increased explosive activity and have plans ready in case flights need to be diverted.
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Previous news
This morning's seismogram from Pacaya  (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012
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. [more]
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
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. [more]
An ash plume from Pacaya, 18 December. Image by CONRED
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012
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. [more]
Current seismic signal from PCG station (INSIVUMEH)
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012
No usual surface activity has been observed recently, but small volcanic earthquakes are occurring frequently. [more]
This morning's seismogram from Pacaya  (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Friday, Nov 02, 2012
At the surface, only steaming from fumaroles is observed, but there is elevated seismic activity under the volcano. [more]

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