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Rincón de la Vieja volcano

Complex volcano 1916 m (6,286 ft)
Costa Rica, 10.83°N / -85.32°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Last update: 17 Oct 2018
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
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Sun, 17 Mar 01:56 UTCM 2.8 / 3 km5 km10 km al Norte de Tierras Morenas, Tilaran. (Costa Rica)
Sat, 16 Mar 2019
Sat, 16 Mar 02:06 UTCM 3.8 / 6 km5 km9 km al Norte de Tierras Morenas, Tilaran. (Costa Rica)
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Tue, 26 Feb 20:22 UTCM 3.2 / 19 km21 km10 km al Oeste de Upala, Alajuela. (Costa Rica)
Thu, 21 Feb 2019
Thu, 21 Feb 14:27 UTCM 2.8 / 127 km3 km14 km al Noroeste de Guayabo, Bagaces. (Costa Rica)
Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Wed, 20 Feb 11:03 UTCM 3.0 / 64 km19 km10 km al Suroeste de Fortuna, Bagaces. (Costa Rica)
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Rincón de la Vieja is the largest volcano in NW Costa Rica and one of its most active ones.

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


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