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Conchagüita

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  • El Salvador
  • México and Central America
  • Stratovolcano
  • Pleistocene
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 13.229°N
  • 87.767°W

  • 505 m
    1657 ft

  • 343120
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

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The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Conchagüita.

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Eruptive History

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

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Conchagüita.

Photo Gallery

Islands dot the Gulf of Fonseca in this NE-looking view from Cerro el Havillal on Isla Conchagüita. Isla Conchagüita is a small, 4-km-wide island across a narrow strait from Conchagua volcano. Late-stage eruptions formed a small, sharp-topped cone with a 100-m-wide summit crater at the southern end of the island. A crescent-shaped crater open to the west is located at the northern end of the island. Minor ash emissions in 1892 were the only historical eruptions from Conchagüita.

Copyrighted photo by Tom Coafford, 1973, courtesy of Dick Stoiber (Dartmouth College).
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Conchagüita (left), an island in the Gulf of Fonseca, and Conchagua (right) a volcano on the Salvadoran mainland are seen here across the Gulf of Fonseca from the NE on the island of Zacate Grande in Honduras. Both Conchagüita and Conchagua are extensively eroded, but a historical eruption was reported from Conchagüita. The NW flank of Isla El Tigre volcano forms the ridge extending into the sea at the extreme left.

Photo by Mike Carr, 1991 (Rutgers University).
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Conchagüita volcano occupies a small, 4-km-wide island in the Gulf of Fonseca across a narrow strait from Conchagua volcano. Conchagüita is seen here from Punta El Chiquirín, the easternmost point on the Salvadoran mainland. Late-stage eruptions formed a small, sharp-topped cone with a 100-m-wide summit crater at the southern end of the low 550-m-high island. Minor ash emissions in 1892 marked the only reported historical eruption from Conchagüita. Meanguera Island can be seen beyond Conchagüita at the left.

Photo by Francesco Frugioni, 1999 (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisca e Vulcanologia, Rome).
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Conchagüita (right) and Meanguera (left) volcanoes lie across a narrow strait from Punta El Chiquirín in eastern El Salvador. Conchagüita is the youngest of the two small volcanic islands in the Gulf of Fonseca and had an historical eruption in 1892. The more eroded Isla Meanguera volcano ceased activity during the Pleistocene.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
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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: Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua
Publisher: INETER, Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Terriroriales
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1995
Series: Mapa geologico
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua

Title: Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua
Publisher: INETER, Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Terriroriales
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1995
Series: Mapa geologico
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua

Title: Bath of Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea
Publisher: AAPG, Williams & Heintz Map Corp.
Country: US/ C.Am/ S.Am
Year: 1984
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:3,289
Map of Bath of Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea

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 Salvador
Publisher: Geographic Branch (G2) General Staff U. S. A.
Country: El Salvador
Year: 1935
Series: 107
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of San Salvador

Title: Nacaome
Publisher: Geographic Branch (G2) General Staff U. S. A.
Country: Sal / Hon / Nic
Year: 1934
Series: 107
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Nacaome

Title: Managua
Publisher: Geographic Branch (G2) General Staff U. S. A.
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1934
Series: 107
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Managua
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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