Pacaya rises to an elevation of 2,552 metres (8,373 ft).  After being dormant for a century, it erupted violently in 1965 and has been erupting continuously since then.On May 27, 2010, the Pacaya volcano erupted, followed by several tremors. At approximately 20:00 hours there was a strong eruption ejecting debris and ash columns up to 1500 meters. Ash rained down in many Guatemalan cities to the northwest of the volcano, including Guatemala City. The volcanic ash fall has been pelting Guatemala City, and the international airport, La Aurora.

Guatemala Volcano

In May of 2010, Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala erupted. It destroyed buildings, roads and communications.

In this picture you can see the lava flow
from Hilieaue, Hawaii flowing onto the road disrupting traffic.  Communication and power lines above ground could be broken by falling particulate and lava.

Differing from Pompeii being destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD  Mount Etna's eruption in 1928 destroyed the town of Mascali but did not kill its inhabitants.  The military helped the townspeople evacuate to nearby towns. An effect of rebuilding towns and roads after volcano eruptions is that it gave the government and people an opportunity to improve the town, its structure and its buildings.
The 1928 eruption of Mount Etna volcano, Sicily, and the destruction of the town of Mascali.


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The 1928 eruption of Mount Etna volcano, Sicily, and the destruction of the town of Mascali.
[Disasters. 1996 Mar;20(1):1-20]
Duncan AM, Dibben C, Chester DK, Guest JE.

University of Luton.

In November 1928 there was an eruption of Mount Etna, Sicily, which led to lava largely destroying the town of Mascali, situated low on the eastern flank of the volcano. Destruction of the town took just over a day but there was an orderly evacuation of its inhabitants and, with help from the military, families were able to remove furniture and fittings from their houses. Evacuees were relocated to nearby towns staying with relatives, friends or in hired apartments. Rebuilding Mascali provided an opportunity for the fascist government of the time to demonstrate efficient centralised planning. A completely new town was built on a grid-iron plan with many of the buildings reflecting the 'fascist architecture' of the time. The town was complete by 1937 and housing condztzons were very advanced in comparison with other towns in the region. The 1928 eruption is important as it was the most destructive on Etna since 1669 when the city of Catania was overwhelmed. In terms of hazard and risk assessment the 1928 eruption demonstrates that lava can reach the lower flanks of the volcano within a short period after the onset of an eruption.
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Volcanic ash blankets from the Pacaya Volcano houses and a church in Calderas, Guatemala, Friday, May 28, 2010. (AP Photo / Moises Castillo)
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