Eruptions of volcano Pacaya in Guatemala during my stay in January 2020. I climbed the McKenney crater and stood up in front of the active hornito. Lava spattering and mild strombolian eruptions took place. A episode with a lava flow was the highlight of this day.
In the spring of 2021, the volcano’s activity increased significantly. A series of smaller paroxysms occurred, producing ash clouds rising to an altitude of 3800 m. A short eruptive fissure developed on the lower western flank of Mc Kenney cone. Lava flows up to 3 km long flowed down the volcanic slope and reached farmland. Some buildings were destroyed.