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Rincón de la Vieja volcano

Updated: Jul 6, 2022 06:02 GMT - Refresh
Complex volcano 1916 m (6,286 ft)
Costa Rica, 10.83°N / -85.32°W
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5)
Last update: 8 Jun 2022 (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report)

Rincón de la Vieja is the largest volcano in NW Costa Rica and one of its most active ones.

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Typical eruption style:

Explosive.


Rincón de la Vieja volcano eruptions: 1529(?), 1765, 1844, 1849, 1851(?), 1853-54, 1860, 1861-63, 1902(?), 1912, 1917(?), 1922, 1966-67, 1969, 1969, 1970, 1983, 1984, 1985-86, 1987, 1991-92, 1995, 1998 (Feb.-Sep.), 2011-2012, 2014, 2015-ongoing
Lastest nearby earthquakes:
TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Saturday, July 2, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Jul 2, 2022 9:09 am (GMT -6) (Jul 2, 2022 15:09 GMT)
2.8

13 km
65 km (40 mi)
Costa Rica: 8 Km Al Oeste De Venado, San Carlos.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Jun 29, 2022 5:05 am (GMT -6) (Jun 29, 2022 11:05 GMT)
3.1

206 km
28 km (17 mi)
Nicaragua: 27 Km Al Norte De Aguas Claras, Upala.
Monday, June 27, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Jun 27, 2022 11:39 am (GMT -6) (Jun 27, 2022 17:39 GMT)
3.2

3 km
37 km (23 mi)
Costa Rica: 7 Km Al Sureste De Bijagua, Upala.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Jun 22, 2022 4:42 pm (GMT -6) (Jun 22, 2022 22:42 GMT)
2.8

3 km
21 km (13 mi)
Costa Rica: 6 Km Al Norte De Cuipilapa, Bagaces.

Background

It is a remote volcanic complex in the Guanacaste Range, consisting of an elongated, arcuate NW-SE-trending ridge that was constructed within the 15-km-wide, about 9,000 years-old Guachipelín caldera, whose rim is exposed on the south side.
Rincón de la Vieja, sometimes known as the "Colossus of Guanacaste," has an estimated volume of 130 cu km and contains at least 9 major eruptive centers.
Activity has migrated to the SE, where the youngest-looking craters are located. The twin cone of 1916-m-high Santa María volcano, the highest peak of the Rincón complex, is located at the eastern end of a smaller, 5-km-wide caldera and has a 500-m-wide crater.
A plinian eruption producing the 0.25 cu km Río Blanca tephra about 3500 years ago was the last major magmatic eruption from the volcano. All subsequent eruptions, including numerous historical eruptions possibly dating back to the 16th century, have been from the prominent crater containing a 500-m-wide acid lake (known as the Active Crater) located ENE of Von Seebach crater.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution


See also: Sentinel hub | Landsat 8 | NASA FIRMS

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