Cerro Singuil

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  • 14.05°N
  • 89.65°W

  • 957 m
    3139 ft

  • 343002
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



Unknown - Evidence Credible

957 m / 3139 ft


Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)
Explosion crater(s)

Rock Types

Basalt / Picro-Basalt

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Geological Summary

The most prominent feature of a volcanic field in the interior valley of El Salvador near the Guatemalan border SE of Volcán Chingo is Cerro Singüil. This 957-m-high scoria cone, also known as El Cerron, has a well-preserved summit crater and is part of a group of cinder cones and explosion craters mapped as Holocene in age by Weber and Wiesemann (1978). A young basaltic lava flow extends to the NNE down the valley of the Quebada La Presa, the headwaters of the Río Guajoyo. The volcanic field includes a line of three NNE-trending explosion craters north of the city of Chalchuapa, the highest of which is 1035-m-high Cerro Tablas.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Weber H S, Wiesemann G, 1978. Mapa Geologico de la Republica de El Salvador/America Central. Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover, Germany, 1:100,000 scale geologic map in 6 sheets.

Williams H, Meyer-Abich H, 1955. Volcanism in the southern part of El Salvador with particular reference to the collapse basins of Lakes Coatepeque and Ilopango. Univ Calif Pub Geol Sci, 32: 1-64.

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

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.


Cerrón, El


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Malacara Pyroclastic cone 900 m 14° 5' 0" N 89° 42' 0" W
Tablas, Cerro Pyroclastic cone 1035 m 14° 2' 0" N 89° 40' 0" W
Tachipegue, Cerro Cone 848 m 14° 1' 0" N 89° 40' 0" W
Tazumal, Cerrito de Pyroclastic cone

Photo Gallery

Bedded scoria deposits forming the flanks of a basaltic cinder cone are exposed in a quarry at Cerro Singüil. This cone is the largest of a small cluster of cones in El Salvador's interior valley SE of Volcán Chingo. These cones are part of a broad area of monogenetic basaltic volcanism near the Guatemalan border on the opposite side of the main volcanic front from the Middle-American trench.

Photo by Carlos Pullinger, 1996 (Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales, El Salvador).
Cerro Singüil (also known as El Cerrón) is a large youthful-looking scoria cone with a well-preserved crater that lies at the eastern end of a large volcanic field in the interior valley of El Salvador near the Guatemalan border, SE of Volcán Chingo. Cerro Singüil is seen here from the SE along the Pan-American highway, which skirts the eastern flank of the cone.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
The flat-topped summit of Cerro las Tablas is cut by one of a chain of three N-S-trending explosion craters located west of Cerro Singüil in the interior valley of El Salvador. Cerro las Tablas at 1035 m is the highest peak of the Cerro Singüil volcanic field and is seen here from the west.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
Cerro Singüil is a morphologically youthful cone that is nevertheless old enough for a series of radially oriented erosional gullies to have formed on its flanks. The 957-m-high cone rises 250 m above the floor of El Salvador's interior valley and is seen here from the NW, along the Pan-American highway.

Photo by Rick Wunderman, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Cerro Singuil Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.