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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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Pacaya volcano (Guatemala): continuing strombolian explosions, lava flows active

Friday May 04, 2018 19:14 PM | BY: T

Hot spot at Pacaya volcano (MODIS / Univ. Hawaii)
Hot spot at Pacaya volcano (MODIS / Univ. Hawaii)
Heat radiation from Pacaya during the past months showing the increase of activity since Dec 2017(MODIS / Mirova)
Heat radiation from Pacaya during the past months showing the increase of activity since Dec 2017(MODIS / Mirova)
INSIVUMEH reports that strombolian activity continues with near-constant explosions from the Mackenney crater, where a scoria cone is growing. Lava flows continue to be active as well, reaching a length of approx. 500 m and generating small glowing rockfalls.
The activity is well visible even from the capital Guatemala City.
Previous news
Increasing tremor at Pacaya volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
Sunday, Apr 29, 2018
The activity of the volcano has increased during the past 48 hours, the volcano observatory reported in a special bulletin from 28 April. The intensity of volcanic tremor has increased, suggesting that magma supply is experiencing a surge. ... [more]
MODIS hot spots on Pacaya during the past week (Univ. Hawaii)
Thursday, Mar 02, 2017
Activity at the volcano has not changed significantly. The lava flow at the volcano's upper NE flank towards Cerro Chino remains active. This morning, it was approx. 150 m long. ... [more]
The lava flow from Pacaya seen on the webcam
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
A new lava flow has become active on the upper NE flank of the flanks of the Mackenney cone since around 9 Feb and is currently about 300 m long. ... [more]
Pacaya's intra-crater cone in early Dec 2016 (image: Mynor Marroquin via @ClimaEnGuate / Twitter)
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016
The volcano's activity has been comparably calm recently, characterized by strong degassing from the intra-crater cone that formed during the latest period (2015-16) of strombolian activity and has become impressively large, filling a good part of the crater now. ... [more]
Seismic signal from Pacaya's PCG station showing degassing and spattering / strombolian explosions going on (INSIVUMEH)
Friday, Jul 29, 2016
Mild strombolian activity continues from the Mackenney crater. According to a recent report, this activity ejected glowing material to 75 m above the crater and weak incandescence could be observed from the crater at night. [more]

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