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  • 13.435°N
  • 88.532°W

  • 1172 m
    3844 ft

  • 343072
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



Unknown - Evidence Uncertain

1172 m / 3844 ft


Volcano Types


Rock Types

Basalt / Picro-Basalt
Andesite / Basaltic Andesite

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Geological Summary

Taburete volcano rises above the Pacific coastal plain east of the Río Lempa at the SW end of a cluster of volcanoes between San Vincente and San Miguel volcanoes. Basaltic to basaltic-andesite Volcán Taburete is elongated in a NW-SE direction and overlaps with Tecapa volcano to the NE. The 1172-m-high summit of Taburete forms a prominent peak that rises about 170 m above the southern crater rim. A well-preserved, 150-300 m deep summit crater has a low point on its eastern rim. A fairly recent lava flow descends the southern flank of the volcano (Williams and McBirney, 1955). Loma Pacha cone on the lower SE flank fed a thick lava flow that traveled 1 km to the SE. The age of the most recent eruption of Taburete is not precisely known, and Weber and Wiesemann (1978) did not map Holocene deposits from Taburete.


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 Taburete. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Taburete 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.




Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Pacha, Loma Pyroclastic cone 600 m 13° 25' 30" N 88° 31' 0" W
Verde, Cerro Cone 13° 28' 0" N 88° 32' 0" W

Photo Gallery

Taburete volcano, seen here from the SW, rises more than 1100 m above the Pacific coastal plain east of the Río Lempa. Basaltic-to-basaltic andesite Volcán Taburete lies across an 800-m-high saddle from Tecapa volcano, whose slopes are visible at the left. The sharp-peaked summit of 1172-m-high Taburete lies to the south of a well-preserved, 150-300 m deep summit crater, whose rim forms the flat area to the left of the summit.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
The Tecapa volcanic complex (left) and Volcan Taburete (right) are separated by a 800-m-high saddle. They are seen here from the SW rising more than 1100 m above the Pacific coastal plain and lie at the eastern end of a volcanic chain reaching to San Miguel volcano. A relatively young lava flow is found on the southern flank of Taburete volcano, although its age is not known precisely. Fumarolic activity continues at Tecapa, the site of a major geothermal project.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
Rounded Volcan Taburete (left) and the compound Tecapa volcanic massif rise to the NW above the Pacific coastal plain of El Salvador. The small cone of Loma Pacha on the lower SE flank of Taburete (visible in the center of the image) produced a thick lava flow that traveled to SE. The rounded peak at the extreme right is Cerro Oromontique, a cone erupted along a NW-SE-trending fissure on the flank of El Tigre volcano.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
The Tecapa volcanic complex (left) and Volcán Taburete (right) rise to the east across the Río Lempa, which is hidden beyond the slope in the foreground. These peaks lie at the western end of the 40-km-long Tecapa-San Miguel volcano cluster in eastern El Salvador. Ignimbrites from a caldera-forming eruption at Tecapa reached across the Río Lempa.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
Four peaks of the 40-km-long Sierra Tecapa range rise to the NE above the Pacific coastal plain. On the left is Volcán Taburete, and in the center is El Tigre volcano. The high peak at the right is Usulután, and in the distance at the far right is San Miguel volcano, the highest in eastern El Salvador.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Taburete 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.