How to Keep an Eye on Volcán Fuego Most Recent Activity

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Volcán Fuego Is Very Active Again

Volcán Fuego is quite active again with continuous eruptions and thunders and growls all night long. Here’s a picture of one the eruptions at sunrise. Of course, if you really want to see the up-to-the-minute activity picture, visit the INSIVUMEH’s monitoring station. They also keep a time-lapse video feed from the night activity at this channel on Youtube. Since these are scientific feeds, don’t expect dramatic beautiful imagery, but you can see exactly what Fuego volcano is doing up to the minute if network connectivity is available.

Below I am sharing the most recent time-lapse video and the overview information about Fuego volcano in case you’re interested.

The camera is located at INSIVUMEH’s Fuego Observatory in Panimache, Chimaltenango, Guatemala about 7 km southwest of the summit of Fuego. The image is updated every minute. Note that all times are UTC (local time plus 6).

Fuego is a basalt to basaltic-andesite stratovolcano in the Central American volcanic arc. It has been continuously active since 1999. Typical activity includes dozens of small-scale explosive eruptions each day.

Images are acquired from the INSIVUMEH Fuego observatory in Panimache, 7 km southwest of the Fuego summit. The camera is an Axis 1602E. It sends images every 10 seconds when the network is available. In low light conditions, the infrared (IR) filter is not used so that wavelengths out to 1000 nm are captured and transmitted. Hot materials emit long wavelengths, so hot emissions dominate the scene.

Fuego is commonly obscured by clouds in the afternoon and into the evening, but more likely to be clear late at night to mid day. During the rainy season (May-September), clouds are more likely.

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