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Satellite image of Sabancaya volcano on 20 Aug 2019
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Buenos Aires warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 and is moving at 10 kts in E direction. ... [more]
Satellite image of Sabancaya volcano on 19 Aug 2019
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Buenos Aires warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 and is moving at 10 kts in E direction. ... [more]
 

Sabancaya volcano

stratovolcano 5967 m / 19,577 ft
Peru, -15.78°S / -71.85°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Last update: 20 Aug 2019 (Volcanic Ash Advisory)
Typical eruption style: explosive and effusive
Sabancaya volcano eruptions: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2003, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1990-95, 1988, 1986, 1784, 1750, <1595(?)
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sat, 17 Aug 2019
Sat, 17 Aug 00:15 UTCM 3.6 / 8 km9 kmSouthern Peru
Tue, 13 Aug 2019
Tue, 13 Aug 09:45 UTCM 3.5 / 9 km12 kmSouthern Peru
Wed, 7 Aug 2019
Wed, 7 Aug 11:27 UTCM 3.6 / 8 km10 kmSouthern Peru
Sabancaya volcano (its name meaning "tongue of fire" in Quechua Indian language) is located in the southern Peruvian Andes and one of Peru's most active volcanoes.
The stratovolcano is covered with several glaciers and located in the saddle between the older stratovolcanoes Ampato (6288 m) and Hualca Hualca (6025 m) and the only one of the group that has erupted in historic times.
Sabancaya belongs to one of South America's volcanoes with the oldest recorded history of eruptions.
Historic records of eruptions from Sabancaya date back to 1750, but its name already appears in written accounts from 1595 AD, suggesting that it had been active around or before that date as well.

Background:

Both Nevado Ampato and Nevado Sabancaya show only little erosion due to glacial cover, suggesting that much of their summit edifices are geologically young.
Activity within the past 10,000 years consisted of explosive plinian eruptions followed by effusive eruptions of voluminous andesitic and dacitic lava flows. These flows surround the volcano on all sides except the north flank.


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