Report on Sabancaya (Peru) — 26 August-1 September 2015
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 26 August-1 September 2015
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2015. Report on Sabancaya (Peru). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 26 August-1 September 2015. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
15.787°S, 71.857°W; summit elev. 5960 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
The Buenos Aires VAAC reported that on 26 August a pilot observed an ash plume from Sabancaya rising to an altitude of 6.1 km (20,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifting E. Satellite images and the webcam showed gas-and-water-vapor plumes with possible diffuse ash coincident with a temporary and small increase in seismicity.
Geologic Background. Sabancaya, located in the saddle NE of Ampato and SE of Hualca Hualca volcanoes, is the youngest of these volcanic centers and the only one to have erupted in historical time. The oldest of the three, Nevado Hualca Hualca, is of probable late-Pliocene to early Pleistocene age. The name Sabancaya (meaning "tongue of fire" in the Quechua language) first appeared in records in 1595 CE, suggesting activity prior to that date. Holocene activity has consisted of Plinian eruptions followed by emission of voluminous andesitic and dacitic lava flows, which form an extensive apron around the volcano on all sides but the south. Records of historical eruptions date back to 1750.