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Putana volcano

stratovolcano 5890 m / 19,324 ft
Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, South America, -22.55°S / -67.85°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Typical eruption style: effusive, lava domes
Putana volcano eruptions: 1972(?), 1810 ± 10 years (?)
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 23 Nov
Thu, 23 Nov 02:47 UTCM 2.3 / 123.7 km13 km23 km al NE de San Pedro de Atacama
Tue, 7 Nov
Tue, 7 Nov 14:45 UTCM 3.0 / 148 km13 kmANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Mon, 30 Oct
Mon, 30 Oct 02:03 UTCM 3.4 / 144.1 km21 km59 km al N de San Pedro de Atacama
Wed, 25 Oct
Wed, 25 Oct 18:27 UTCM 3.0 / 126 km8 kmANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Tue, 17 Oct
Tue, 17 Oct 11:58 UTCM 4.5 / 171 km21 kmChile-Bolivia Border Region
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Volcán Putana (also known as Jorgencal or Machuca) is a stratovolcano in northern Chile on the border with Bolivia. Strong fumarolic activity is present at the summit crater and is visible from far distance, and the volcano has large sulfur deposits.
The volcano, whose name literally means "whore" has (probably) erupted twice in historic times. Its name might allure to a major destructive eruption reported in the 19th century, although some recent research suggests that there actually were eruptions at all in historic times at Putana volcano.

Background:

Putana volcano is part of a large, roughly N-S-trending volcanic complex that covers an area of 600 sq km.
The main edifice consists mainly of dacitic lava domes and flows mantling an older pre-Holocene volcano. The youngest basaltic andesite lava flows are viscous and rarely extend more than 3 km.
(Source: Smithsonian / GVP volcano information)


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