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.
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.Learn More
An extinct volcano is one that has not erupted in at least 10,000 years and is not expected to erupt in the future, according to Oregon State University. There can be confusion between dormant and extinct volcanoes, but the difference between the two is that a dormant volcano may erupt even if it is in the distant future.Full Answer >
The most common and serious types of volcanic hazards are flowing lava, falling ash, glowing avalanches and moving mud and debris. The exact hazard level varies depending on the type of volcano erupting. Additional hazards include the emission of hazardous gases and eruption clouds, which are dangerous to planes and helicopters.Full Answer >
Mt. Shasta is classified as a steed-sided stratovolcano. The volcano is located in Siskiyou County, California along the I-5 corridor.Full Answer >
Some of the advantages that volcanoes provide include the creation of new land, mineral deposits and beautiful landscapes that generate tourism. Active volcanoes actively cool the Earth, as their emissions remove heat from the planet's interior. Volcanic activity also helped produce the Earth's atmosphere and oceans in the past.Full Answer >