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What are some interesting facts about Volcán de Fuego?

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Volcan de Fuego is located near the town of Antigua, Guatemala, and is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. The volcano has experienced more than 60 eruptions since the 1500s, making it the most active volcano in Central America's history.

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Although it hasn't experienced a major explosive eruption since October 1974, Volcan de Fuego has continued to sporadically produce lava flows in subsequent years. As of 2014, the volcano has been almost continually producing some degree of lava flow since early 2002. In addition to the lava flow, the volcano sometimes produces large ash clouds, and has the potential to experience large-scale explosions and lava fountaining. A relatively minor explosion in 2012 resulted in burning rocks being launched nearly 4,000 feet above the volcano's crater.

Volcan de Fuego is one of three volcanoes that overlook Antigua. The other two are Acatenango, a nearly identical twin to Volcan de Fuego, and the ancient Meseta volcano. It was the collapse of the Meseta volcano more than 8,500 years ago that helped lead to the development of Acatenango and Volcan de Fuego. It has a total height of over 12,000 feet above sea level and is considered part of the larger Pacific Ring of Fire.

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