Tajumulco

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  • Volcanic Region
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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 15.043°N
  • 91.903°W

  • 4203 m
    13786 ft

  • 342020
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Eruptive History


Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1863 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 2  
[ 1821 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 2  

The Global Volcanism Program has no synonyms or subfeatures listed for Tajumulco.

Photo Gallery


Tajumulco, the highest volcano in Central America, is seen here from the NW from the slopes of Tacaná volcano, which lies along the México/Guatemala border. Conical Tajumulco volcano has twin summits, which are not distinguishable in this view. A lava flow from Tajumulco's NW summit traveled NW down a deep valley on the flank. Tajumulco has had several unconfirmed reports of historical eruptions.

Photo by Norm Banks, 1987 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
A road in the relatively sparsely populated far western part of Guatemala approaches the NE side of the summit massif of Tajumulco volcano; this side has gentler slopes and higher agricultural use than the NW side. Tajumulco lies NW of the main tourist areas in the Central Highlands and is infrequently visited. The volcano is located closer to Tacaná volcano on the México/Guatemala border than it is to other Guatemalan volcanoes.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1986 (Michigan Technological University).
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Tajumulco, the highest volcano in Central America, is seen here from the NNW. The volcano rises steeply above deeply dissected valleys cut in plutonic and Tertiary volcanic rocks. Despite its prominence, the 4220-m-high volcano is located in a relatively infrequently visited part of western Guatemala and is much less known than many other Guatemalan volcanoes. Tajumulco has had several unconfirmed reports of historical eruptions.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1986 (Michigan Technological University).
See title for photo information.
Tajumulco's southern flanks (left), which descend toward the Pacific coastal plain, are steeper than its northern flanks. Dioritic plutonic rocks are exposed at the base of the volcano. Tajumulco is Guatemala's (and Central America's) highest volcano, but is one of the least known of the country's major volcanoes.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1986 (Michigan Technological University).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Tajumulco in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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