Concepción volcano is a steep symmetrical stratovolcano with a perfect shape and one of the most active volcanoes of Nicaragua. During the past 100 years, it has been in a near-constant state of small to medium ash explosions at irregular intervals.
Together with its neighbor Madera volcano Concepción forms the NW half of the dumbbell-shaped island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. Both volcanoes are connected by a narrow isthmus.
Frequent explosive eruptions during the past decades have increased the height of its summit significantly (more than 100 m) and outdated the existing topographic maps. Because of the frequent ash eruptions, the upper half of the summit cone lacks vegetation.
The basaltic-to-dacitic Concepción volcano contains a steep-walled 250 m summit crater with a higher western rim. Flank vents are aligned on N-S-trending fractures and contain chains of spatter cones, cinder cones, lava domes, and maars on the NW, NE, SE, and southern sides. Some of these vents are found down to Lake Nicaragua.
stratovolcano 1700 m / 5,577 ft
Nicaragua, 11.54°N / -85.62°W Concepción volcano eruptions:
2012, 2009-11, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 1999, 1988, 1985-86, 1984-85, 1983, 1982, 1978, 1977, 1973-74, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1957, 1951-55, 1948-50, 1944-45, 1935, 1929, 1928, 1921-26, 1918-19, 1907-10, 1902, 1891, 1884-86, 1883, 1800 ± 50 years, 770 BC ± 50 years (radiocarbon) Typical eruption style: intermittent small ash explosions
Concepción webcams / live data Last earthquakes nearby
Our friend Andi who climbed Concepción on 5 Jan, writes: ...more
"degassing but there is ash fall on the towns on the north side as little as 3 days ago. The crater rim was very warm with fresh ash but no visibility as winds about 150km/h been bad weather here recently." [less]
INETER reported that explosions in the crater of Concepción produced ash-and-gas plumes that traveled down the WSW flanks on 9 February. Explosions continued on 10 February and produced minor ash-and-gas plumes. No seismicity was registered.
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