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Zapatera volcano

Volcán en escudo 629 m / 2,064 ft
Nicaragua, 11.73°N / -85.82°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)

Zapatera volcano is a low shield volcano forming a 7 x 10 km wide densely forested island on the western part of Lake Nicaragua. The island is located opposite Mombacho volcano and separated by a narrow strait from the mainland.
Zapatera volcano is believed to be still active, but the age of its last activity is unknown.
Zapatera island contains some of the most important archaeological sites in Nicaragua and is part of Zapatera Archipelago National Park, one of 78 protected areas of Nicaragua.

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Typical eruption style: effusive
Erupciones del volcán Zapatera: unknown

Latest nearby earthquakes

Fecha / HoraRevista / ProfundidadDistanciaUbicación
Fri, 5 Mar 2021 (GMT) (1 terremoto)
5 mar 2021 03:35 (GMT -6) (5 Mar 2021 09:35:47 GMT)

150 km - More
48 km15 km al sur de Rivas, Nicaragua
Thu, 4 Mar 2021 (GMT) (2 temblores)
4 mar 2021 10:06 (GMT -6) (4 Mar 2021 16:06:05 GMT)

72 km - More
59 kmOcéano Pacífico Norte, 83 km al sur de Managua, Nicaragua
3 mar 2021 22:23 (GMT -6) (4 Mar 2021 04:23:25 GMT)

10 km - More
138 km73 km al noreste de Juigalpa, Departamento de Chontales, Nicaragua
Wed, 3 Mar 2021 (GMT) (2 temblores)
2 mar 2021 22:18 (GMT -6) (3 Mar 2021 04:18:05 GMT)

17 km - More
117 kmOcéano Pacífico Norte, 48 km al sur de León, Departamento de Leon, Nicaragua
2 mar 2021 22:17 (GMT -6) (3 Mar 2021 04:17:52 GMT)

40 km - More
122 kmOcéano Pacífico Norte, 76 km al oeste de Managua, Nicaragua


The island is cut by a series of NE-trending faults that continue into Lake Nicaragua. Zapatera volcano contains a small, roughly circular 2-km-wide caldera (El Llano) occupied by a the conical 305-m-high Cerro El Llano lava dome. Other lava domes are found on the southern and NE flanks, as well as many tuff rings and maars on the northern and western sides including the well-preserved Laguna de Zapatera on the NW flank.

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