Fuego Volcano - John Seach

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(Volcano of fire)
Guatemala

14.47 N, 90.88 W
summit elevation 3763 m
stratovolcano

Fuego is one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas, it has erupted repeatedly since 1524. It is located close to the city of Antigua Guatemala.

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Fuego Volcano, Guatemala - John Seach

Eruptions have produced ashfall, pyroclastic flows and lava flows. The crater of Fuego, has changed its appearance many times, since the eruption of 1932.

Historic eruptions at Fuego volcano have been mostly basaltic in composition, but have become more mafic with time. This is proposed to be due to changing conditions of the parental magma chamber.

Volcanic Hazards at Fuego Volcano
Lava flows. Pyroclastic flows.
Lahars, ejection of blocks and bombs. Fall of cinders, and ash. An eruption of this volcano could affect 100,000 people who are in the danger zone.

2013 Eruptions
A lava flow remained active at Fuego volcano in JanuaRY 2013.

2012 Activity
Eruptions of Fuego volcano in Guatemala forced the evacuation of 33,000 people on 13th September 2012. The eruptions produced ash emissions which were visible in the capital Guatemala City, 75 km away. Pyroclastic flows travelled down the slopes of the volcano and heavy ashfall was reported in nearby villages. Fuego volcano is located 18 km SW of the city of Antigua. On the day of the eruption a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit 47 km south of the volcano. The explosive phase of the eruption was preceded by emission of a 100 m long lava flow down the flank.

1974 Eruptions
The 1974 eruption was the largest since 1932. Magma was inferred to have risen into a dike-like conduit from a deeper magma body as a result of tidal influences. The eruption began on 10th October with ash eruptions and from a central crater. On 14th October ash clouds rose to 11 km above the summit. Nuees ardentes descending the Quebranda San Jose were visible from Finca Capetillo in Alotenango, 8 km ENE of the crater. Pyroclastic flows with velocities of 75 km per hour reached 7 km from the crater.

Fuego Volcano Eruptions

2015, 2002-13, 2000, 1999, 1987, 1977-79, 1977, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1971, 1967, 1966, 1963, 1962, 1957, 1955, 1953, 1949, 1947, 1944, 1932, 1896, 1880, 1867?, 1861?, 1860, 1857, 1857, 1856, 1855, 1852?, 1850?, 1829, 1826, 1799, 1773?, 1765?, 1751?, 1737, 1732, 1730, 1717, 1710, 1709?, 1706, 1705, 1702, 1699, 1689?, 1686, 1685, 1679?, 1629-32, 1623, 1620, 1617, 1614, 1587, 1586, 1585, 1581-82, 1577?, 1576?, 1575?, 1571?, 1565?, 1559?, 1557?, 1551-52, 1542, 1541, 1531, 1526?, 1524