Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-08416
Scoria deposits from periodic larger eruptions of Pacaya volcano blanket the roof of a structure on Cerro Chino. A major eruption on June 7, 1995 caused the WNW side of Pacaya's crater to collapse, producing debris that slammed into the caldera wall at Cerro Chino, 1 km NW of the summit. A secondary hot cloud swept over Cerro Chino, destroyed a radio antenna, and affected houses within 2 km of the active vent. The shockwave threw INSIVUMEH observer Pastor Alfaro down a slope, fracturing his leg.
Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).