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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, 1972, 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: strombolian explosions continue

Wednesday Jan 08, 2020 07:50 AM | BY: MARTIN
Lava flows on the southern flanks from Pacaya volcano (image: Sentinel 2)
Lava flows on the southern flanks from Pacaya volcano (image: Sentinel 2)
INSIVUMEH recorded that strombolian activity continues from the Mackenney summit crater with ejecta thrown at an approximate height of 50 and 75 meters.
Two lava flows on the southern flank remain active, currently about 200 m and 300 m long that have increased in length since the last update.
In addition, white fumarole of water vapor occured. The plumes were dispersed towards the W and SW direction.
The seismic station records tremor associated with the arriving of magma and gases.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología volcano activity update 8 January 2020
Previous news
Tuesday, Dec 03, 2019
Strombolian activity from the Mackenney crater with ejecta thrown at an approximate height of 30 and 75 meters. At night, incandescent reflection of lava flows of approximately 250 meters in length can be seen. ... read all
Thursday, Nov 28, 2019
Visible lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: Sentinel 2)
INSIVUMEH recorded during 20-26 November that weak strombolian activity continues from the Mackenney summit crater. ... read all
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Visible lava flows from Pacaya volcano (image: Sentinel 2)
INSIVUMEH recorded that weak strombolian activity continues from the Mackenney summit crater and lava flows on the northwestern flank remain active, currently about 100 m long. ... read all
Friday, Oct 25, 2019
Visible lava flows from satellite (image: Sentinel)
Lava flows continue to be active on the south slopes of the volcano with an approximate length of 100 m. Avalanches are generated in the front of the flows due to strombolian explosions at 5 - 25 m above the crater. ... read all
Tuesday, Oct 08, 2019
Source: MODIS sensor (Univ. Hawaiʻi)
Incandescence is observed in the Mackenney crater and lava flows north-northwest of the slopes of the volcano. ... read all

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