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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)

Pacaya volcano (Guatemala) activity update

Thursday Oct 10, 2013 14:20 PM | BY: T

Relatively intense strombolian activity continues and produces a plume of fine ash and gasses. During times when the wind blows from the north, this plume can reach the capital's airport, INSIVUMEH warned two days ago.
Previous news
Saturday, Oct 05, 2013
(Strombolian) Explosions occur every 3-5 seconds, INSIVUMEH reports. [more]

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013
Strombolian activity from the Mackenney crater has been gradually increasing over the past weeks, the latest report of INSIVUMEH shows. Activity is taking place from 3 vents and explosions occur at rates of one every 1-3 minutes with ejections reaching about 100 meters. ... [more]
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
INSIVUMEH reports continuing strombolian activity with explosions at intervals of 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Glowing bombs are thrown to heights of 50-100 m above the rim of the crater. [more]
Seismic signal this morning at Pacaya (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Friday, Sep 20, 2013
An increase in seismic activity has occurred gradually over the past 24 hours. Individual explosion signals have merged into strong continuous tremor. This could indicate another paroxysm with continuous explosions / lava fountaining / lava flow emission in the progress, but CONRED / INSIVUMEH have not (yet) updated on this possible increase in activity. ... [more]
Current seismic recording Pacaya volcano (PCG station, INSIVUMEH)
Monday, Sep 16, 2013
Strombolian activity has been gradually increasing during the past days. Frequent explosions, at intervals of about 5 minutes, eject glowing material to 50-100 m above the Mackenney crater, and ash plumes drift up to 3 km to the W and SW. The activity is visible from the capital Guatemala city. INSIVUMEH thinks that the appearance of a new lava flow is likely to occur soon. [more]

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