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Photo of this volcano
  • Peru
  • South America
  • Lava dome
  • 4450 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 14.176°S
  • 71.351°W

  • 3693 m
    12116 ft

  • 354000
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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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.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 1 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
4450 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Oroscocha
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Quimsachata.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Quimsachata.

Photo Gallery

The dark-colored lava flow just to the right and below the center of this NASA Landsat image (with north to the top) originated from the Quimsachata (Kimsachata) scoria cone about 11,500 years ago. The smaller lava flow directly to the north that deflects the E-W-trending Vilcanota River was erupted from the Oroscocha lava dome about 6400 years ago. These are the northernmost young volcanic centers in PerĂº and lie at the foot of the Cordillera Oriental in an isolated area far east of the main volcanic front.

NASA Landsat7 image (worldwind.arc.nasa.gov)
See title for photo information.
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: Bolivia, Brazil, Peru
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: Peru, Bolivia, Brazil
Year: 1980
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Bolivia, Brazil, Peru

Title: Nunoa
Publisher: IGM Instituto Geografico Militar
Country: Peru
Year: 1972
Series: J631
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Nunoa

Title: Sicuani
Publisher: IGM Instituto Geografico Militar
Country: Peru
Year: 1970
Series: J631
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Sicuani
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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