Suchitan

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 14.4°N
  • 89.78°W

  • 2042 m
    6698 ft

  • 342160
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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
[ 1469 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    

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Photo Gallery


The elongated Suchitán volcano, seen here from the west on the rim of Retana caldera, is the highest of a cluster of closely spaced small stratovolcanoes and basaltic cinder-cone fields in SE Guatemala. The large peak to the left of the 2042-m-high summit of Suchitán is Cerro Mataltepe; other cinder cones occur lower on the north flank. One of the latest lava flows from Suchitán traveled through a low notch in the east rim of the caldera. The flat-bottomed floor of Retana caldera once contained a lake, but now is used for agricultural land.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1993 (Smithsonian Institution).
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The flat floor of the 5-km-wide Retana caldera between Suchitán and Tahual volcanoes is now used for farmland. The steep-sided caldera walls range up to 250 m in height, and a low notch on the northern rim (left-center) drains the caldera. The caldera was considered to have formed mainly by subsidence; the volume of dacitic pumice and lithic fragments associated with caldera formation is insufficient to account for the 1.5 cu km volume of the caldera.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1993 (Smithsonian Institution).
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Retana caldera, between Suchitán and Tahual volcanoes, is a prominent steep-walled caldera once filled by Laguna Retana. The lake periodically became dry and was refilled in the 19th and 20th centuries and has now been drained to provide access to rich soils on the lake floor. A canal drains the lake through a notch on its northern rim (extreme right). The caldera is seen here from its eastern rim (on the flank of Suchitán volcano). Volcán Tahual is the forested volcano behind the caldera at the right-center.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1993 (Smithsonian Institution).
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This view from the Apaneca Range shows the CH-A well and drill rig of the Ahuachapán geothermal field in the foreground. The conical peak on the left horizon to the north across the lowlands of El Salvador's interior valley is Volcán Chingo, along the El Salvador/Guatemala border. The flat-topped peak in the far right distance is Volcán Suchitán in Guatemala.

Photo by Comisión Ejecutiva Hidroeléctricia del Río Lempa (CEL), 1992.
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The irregular summit ridge of Volcán Suchitán is seen here from the SSW, west of the city of Asunción Mita. The largely andesitic stratovolcano rises 1100 m above its base and is one of the largest in SE Guatemala. The stratovolcano is extensively eroded, and large canyons cut its slopes. Two basaltic lava flows of estimated Holocene age were erupted from vents on the northern and NW flanks.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
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The northern wall of Coatepeque caldera rises about 250 m above the surface of Lago de Coatepeque, whose shores are lined with residences and small hotels. The conical peak on the left horizon is Volcán Chingo, which straddles the El Salvador/Guatemala border. The flat-topped peak on the far right horizon is Volcán Suchitán, one of the largest volcanoes in SE Guatemala.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2002 (Smithsonian Institution).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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