Pacaya volcano Dec 2015: active intra-crater cone

Impressions of Pacaya volcano's activity during 21-22 Dec 2015 from our Guatemala volcano tour.
Pacaya's Mackenney cone seen from the mid 2000's pahoehoe lava field to the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pacaya's Mackenney cone seen from the mid 2000's pahoehoe lava field to the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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Hiking towards the base of the Mackenney cone; Cerro Grande in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Hiking towards the base of the Mackenney cone; Cerro Grande in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View to the north with the caldera rim of Pacaya in middle and the majestic silhouette of Agua stratovolcano in the far background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View to the north with the caldera rim of Pacaya in middle and the majestic silhouette of Agua strat... [info]
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Steam fills the crater of Pacaya (21 Dec 2015) in the evening; in the background, the trio of Fuego, Acatenango and Agua stratovolcanoes peak over the cloud deck. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steam fills the crater of Pacaya (21 Dec 2015) in the evening; in the background, the trio of Fuego,... [info]
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Finally, on the morning of 22 Dec, the steam clears from the crater: on its floor, a small cinder cone is growing with a 2-3 meter wide vent containing a small lava lake that constantly ejects liquid lava spatters. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Finally, on the morning of 22 Dec, the steam clears from the crater: on its floor, a small cinder co... [info]
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A secondary vent, a smaller glowing degassing hole, is present on the southeastern flank of the intra-crater cinder cone. Only occasionally, it also ejects spatter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A secondary vent, a smaller glowing degassing hole, is present on the southeastern flank of the intr... [info]
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Lava spattering from the main vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava spattering from the main vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Zoom onto the secondary vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Zoom onto the secondary vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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During the morning, activity gradually increased. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
During the morning, activity gradually increased. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Some spattering pulses were similar to moderately strong strombolian explosions. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Some spattering pulses were similar to moderately strong strombolian explosions. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffe... [info]
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An eruption of distant Fuego volcano occurred during our stay on the Mackenney crater rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An eruption of distant Fuego volcano occurred during our stay on the Mackenney crater rim. (Photo: T... [info]
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Spattering reached heights of up to 100-150 m, often throwing small bombs higher than the crater rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spattering reached heights of up to 100-150 m, often throwing small bombs higher than the crater rim... [info]
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Lava bubbles inside the cone burst into thousands of glowing fragments. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava bubbles inside the cone burst into thousands of glowing fragments. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The rising sun slowly but surely reaches the crater floor, destroying the good visibility we had in the early morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The rising sun slowly but surely reaches the crater floor, destroying the good visibility we had in ... [info]
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Time to descend from the Mackenney cone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Time to descend from the Mackenney cone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View back from the campsite. The activity is only producing a steam and gas plume, but not much ash. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View back from the campsite. The activity is only producing a steam and gas plume, but not much ash.... [info]
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