Usulutan

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  • 13.419°N
  • 88.471°W

  • 1449 m
    4753 ft

  • 343081
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The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Usulutan. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Usulutan 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.

Photo Gallery


Usulután volcano (right), at the SE end of a cluster of stratovolcanoes west of San Miguel volcano, has an eroded summit crater, but youthful flows are present on its southern flanks. La Manita (left) a small cone to the NE of Usulután on the flank of El Tigre volcano has also been mapped as Holocene in age, along with Cerro Nanzal, a pyroclastic cone on the SE flank of Usulután. No historical eruptions are known from Usulután.

Photo by Kristal Dorion, 1994 (U.S. Geological Survey).
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A large erosional valley 1.3 km wide at its head cuts the eastern flank of the basaltic to basaltic-andesite Usulután volcano. It is seen here from the flanks of Chinameca volcano to its NE with the Pacific Ocean in the distance at the left. Despite its prominence, Usulután volcano has not been studied in detail.

Photo by Carlos Pullinger, 1996 (Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales, El Salvador).
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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).
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Usulután volcano rises above the Pacific coastal plain at the SE end of a cluster of stratovolcanoes between San Vicente and San Miguel volcanoes. The forested Usulután volcano is mostly dissected, but youthful lava flows are present on its southern flanks, and the volcano was mapped in part as Holocene in age. Several large erosional craters cut the flanks of Usulután, including the valley seen in this view cutting the SW flank. The rounded peak at the left is the young cone of Cerro Oromontique on the margin of El Tigre volcano.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
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The rounded peak of Usulután is the 2nd highest of a cluster of volcanic peaks north of the Pacific coastal plain between San Vicente and San Miguel volcanoes. Usulután is seen here from the SSW with a large erosional valley cutting its flank. Cerro Oromontique, the small peak on the left horizon, was erupted along a fissure cutting the flank of El Tigre volcano. Relatively young lava flows are located on the southern flank of Usulután volcano.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
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An E-W-trending chain of volcanoes extends ca. 30 km across eastern El Salvador. The small light-colored dot at the left is Laguna de Alegria, a crater of the Tecapa volcanic complex. No historical eruptions are known from the eroded Usulután and El Tigre volcanoes. The 2-km-wide Laguna Seca el Pacayal caldera is a prominent feature of Chinameca volcano. San Miguel is one of El Salvador's most active volcanoes; the dark area at the lower right is a lava flow from the 1819 eruption. The city of San Miguel is at the upper right.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS61C-31-47, 1986 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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