Zapatera volcano

shield volcano 629 m / 2,064 ft
Nicaragua, 11.73°N / -85.82°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)

Zapatera volcano is a low shield volcano forming a 7 x 10 km wide densely forested island on the western part of Lake Nicaragua. The island is located opposite Mombacho volcano and separated by a narrow strait from the mainland.
Zapatera volcano is believed to be still active, but the age of its last activity is unknown.
Zapatera island contains some of the most important archaeological sites in Nicaragua and is part of Zapatera Archipelago National Park, one of 78 protected areas of Nicaragua.

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Typical eruption style: effusive
Zapatera volcano eruptions: unknown

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 22:36 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 12, 2021 4:36 pm (GMT -6) (Oct 12, 2021 22:36 GMT)

11 km
10.3 km (6.4 mi)
11 Km Al Sureste De Volcán Mombacho, Nicaragua
Saturday, October 9, 2021 05:20 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 8, 2021 11:20 pm (GMT -6) (Oct 9, 2021 05:20 GMT)

141 km
41 km (25 mi)
20 km west of Nicaragua, Departamento de Rivas, Nicaragua
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:17 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 5, 2021 6:17 am (GMT -6) (Oct 5, 2021 12:17 GMT)

1 km
25 km (16 mi)
Departamento de Rivas, 19 km south of Nandaime, Nicaragua


The island is cut by a series of NE-trending faults that continue into Lake Nicaragua. Zapatera volcano contains a small, roughly circular 2-km-wide caldera (El Llano) occupied by a the conical 305-m-high Cerro El Llano lava dome. Other lava domes are found on the southern and NE flanks, as well as many tuff rings and maars on the northern and western sides including the well-preserved Laguna de Zapatera on the NW flank.

Zapatera Photos

Shield volcano Isla Zapatera in Lake Nicaragua (Photo: WNomad)
Shield volcano Isla Zapatera in Lake Nicaragua (Photo: WNomad)

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