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Chiquimula Volcanic Field

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  • Guatemala
  • México and Central America
  • Pyroclastic cone(s)
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 14.83°N
  • 89.55°W

  • 1192 m
    3911 ft

  • 342200
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
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Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Chiquimula Volcanic Field. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Chiquimula Volcanic Field page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Chiquimula Volcanic Field.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Chiquimula Volcanic Field.

Photo Gallery

The Chiquimula volcanic field occupies a fault-bounded basin underlain by light-colored Cretaceous plutonic rocks in the Chiquimula Valley of SE Guatemala. The most recent eruptions produced basaltic cinder cones and lava flows constructed along a N-S-trending fracture starting near the northern edge of Chiquimula town. Part of the town is seen on the valley floor to the right of the hill in the center of this photo, taken from the NW along the road to Maraxco.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
The youngest vents of the Chiquimula volcanic field were erupted along a N-S-trending fracture north of the town of Chiquimula. They are seen here from the NE, north of the town of Petapilo. The northernmost of the young cones, Cerro Grande, is the oldest and largest. The youngest lava flows originated from fissure vents at Cerro Chiquito. The age of these unvegetated flows is not known, but they may be less than a thousand years old.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.


Title: Guatemala
Publisher: Instituto Geografico Militar
Country: Guatemala
Year: 1993
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Guatemala

Title: Carta Geolica de la Republica Mexicana
Publisher: Recursos Minerales and Institute de Gelogia
Country: Mexico
Year: 1992
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Carta Geolica de la Republica Mexicana

Title: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: NW C Am (GU ES HO)
Year: 1982
Series: TPC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

Title: San Agustin Acasaguastlan
Publisher: IGN Guatemala
Country: Guatemala
Year: 1979
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of San Agustin Acasaguastlan

Title: Mapa Hipsometrico de la Republica de Guatemala
Publisher: IGN
Country: Guatemala
Year: 1970
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Mapa Hipsometrico de la Republica de Guatemala

Title: Mapa Hipsometrico de la Republica de Guatemala
Publisher: IGN
Country: Guatemala
Year: 1970
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Mapa Hipsometrico de la Republica de Guatemala
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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