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Almolonga volcano

Stratovolcano 3197 m / 10,489 ft
Guatemala, 14.82°N / -91.48°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Almolonga volcano eruptions: 1818 (Cerro Quemado)
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Mon, 3 Sep
Mon, 3 Sep 18:11 UTCM 4.6 / 176.9 km25 km- 6km N of San Carlos Sija, Guatemala

Background:

Volcán de Almolonga is an andesitic stratovolcano with a 3.3-km-wide late-Pleistocene central caldera that is located along the Zunil fault zone. The caldera is surrounded by a ring-dike configuration of dacitic and rhyolitic lava domes. The youngest and only historically active dome complex is Cerro Quemado (whose name means Burned Peak), located immediately south of Guatemala's second largest city, Quezaltenango. About 1200 radiocarbon years ago, part of the andesitic-to-dacitic Cerro Quemado dome collapsed, producing a debris avalanche and an associated lateral explosion that swept across the valley to the west as far as the flanks of Siete Orejas volcano. The latest eruption in 1818 produced a blocky 2.5-km-long lava flow. Hot springs are located on the northern and eastern flanks of Cerro Quemado, and the Zuníl geothermal field, the site of a geothermal exploration project, lies on the SE flank of Cerro Quemado.
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