Chiquimula Volcanic Field

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  • 14.83°N
  • 89.55°W

  • 1192 m
    3910 ft

  • 342200
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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).

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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).
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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).
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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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