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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): surge of activity and lava flow on 30 July

Thursday Aug 01, 2013 08:43 AM | BY: T

Seismic recording from Pacaya on 30 July (2), showing the end of the eruption (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Seismic recording from Pacaya on 30 July (2), showing the end of the eruption (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Seismic recording from Pacaya on 30 July (1), showing the onset of the eruption (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Seismic recording from Pacaya on 30 July (1), showing the onset of the eruption (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
A surge in activity with increased strombolian explosions and the effusion of a lava flow occurred during 4 hours on 30 July, similar to the event from 30 May.
Explosions from the Mackenney crater reached heights of 250-300 m and a new lava flow started to flow onto the south side of the mountain through a deep notch in the crater.
The activity only lasted 4 hours, after which explosions almost disappeared and the lava flow ceased again.
Authorities decided to restrict access to the volcano and have been closing schools in the municipalities of Bejucales El Patrocinio, El Rodeo, San Francisco de Sales, and San Vicente Pacaya.
Previous news
This morning's seismic signal from Pacaya (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Thursday, Jul 25, 2013
Seismic and surface activity have increased during the past days, characterized by the appearance of continuous tremor and more frequent strombolian explosions, the latest special bulletin of INSIVUMEH notes. ... [more]
Seismic signal last night from Pacaya (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Monday, Jul 22, 2013
Activity has dropped at bit apparently. Although the seismic signal suggests that small strombolian-type explosions still seem to continue, INSIVUMEH reported only degassing and no sounds of explosions heard. [more]
Friday, Jul 19, 2013
Mild strombolian activity from the Mackenney crater continues. [more]
Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013
Mild strombolian activity persists at the volcano's crater. Some explosions can be heard in up to 5 km distance. [more]
Friday, Jul 05, 2013
Weak to moderate strombolian activity from the Mackenney crater continues. The small intracater cone has grown to about 25 m height, INSIVUMEH reported. Some explosions can be heard in up to 5 km distance. [more]

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