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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): increasing activity

Sunday Apr 29, 2018 12:05 PM | BY: T

Increasing tremor at Pacaya volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
Increasing tremor at Pacaya volcano (image: INSIVUMEH)
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.
At the moment, a lava flow descends from the eruptive fissure at 2010 m elevation for about 500 m towards the northwest in direction of Cerro Chino.
In the summit crater, weak strombolian activity is occurring at rates of 2-4 events per hour, ejecting material to about 50 m height. The intra-crater cone has mostly filled the crater.
Previous news
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]

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016
The activity at the volcano has started to increase during the past days. Explosion sounds and visible incandescence have become stronger. ... [more]

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