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Taapaca volcano

complex volcano 5860 m / 19,225 ft
Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, South America, -18.1°S / -69.5°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: explosive
Taapaca volcano eruptions: 320 BC ± 50, 1580 BC ± 75, 1860 BC ± 100, 2400 BC ± 75, 2950 BC ± 75, 4620 BC ± 75, 5490 BC ± 50, 7900 BC ± 75
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Tue, 9 Oct
Tue, 9 Oct 18:13 UTCM 3.5 / 136 km15 kmTARAPACA, CHILE
Tue, 9 Oct 17:30 UTCM 2.9 / 139.6 km19 km28 km al E de Putre
Mon, 8 Oct
Mon, 8 Oct 18:28 UTCM 3.0 / 142.2 km17 km27 km al E de Putre
Wed, 3 Oct
Wed, 3 Oct 20:19 UTCM 3.8 / 137.4 km8 km16 km al NE de Putre
Sat, 29 Sep
Sat, 29 Sep 05:38 UTCM 4.0 / 131.4 km29 km33 km al SE de Putre
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Taapaca is a complex volcano in northern Chile, located partly in Lauca National Park. There are no known historic eruptions, but there have been numerous explosive eruptions followin lava dome building stages occurred in the past few 1000 years.
3 large avalanches have occurred at the volcano.

Background:

from: Smithsonian / GVP Taapaca volcano information:
The Taapaca volcanic complex, lying west of the main Andean chain, rises NE of the small town of Putre in northern Chile. The elongated volcanic massif, known locally as Nevados de Putre, consists of an initial andesitic stratovolcano and a long-term dacitic lava-dome complex. Taapaca overlies Pleistocene ignimbrite deposits and trends roughly E-W, with activity in general migrating to the SW during four principal periods of activity dating back at least 1.5 million years. At least three major edifice collapse events have produced debris-avalanche deposits, the youngest of which underlies Putre, the principal settlement of the northern Chilean Altiplano. Recent geological studies have shown that explosive activity at Taapaca with dome growth and associated block-and-ash flows and lahars has continued into the late Holocene. The youngest volcanic stage beginning about 9000 years ago produced the 5860-m-high summit lava dome of the Putre Unit at the eastern and southern ends of the complex. The latest documented activity produced an ash layer dated at about 2000 years ago.


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