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  • 38.97°S
  • 71.52°W

  • 2282 m
    7485 ft

  • 357111
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Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)
Lava dome(s)

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite
Basalt / Picro-Basalt


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Geological Summary

The 4-km-wide, glacier-filled Sollipulli caldera lies to the east of the Pleistocene Nevados de Sollipulli complex. Major silicic pyroclastic rocks associated with caldera formation have not been found, and the caldera may have a non-explosive origin. Post-caldera eruptions have been focused along the caldera walls and have increased its height. A series of dacitic lava domes lines the eastern and southern caldera rims. The 1-km-wide Alpehué crater, which cuts the SW rim, was the source of a large plinian eruption 2900 years before present (BP). Explosion craters and scoria cones are found on the outer flanks of the caldera. Two north-flank cones produced lava flows during the latest documented activity about 700 years BP (Naranjo et al., 1993). This low-profile volcano is less prominent than its neighbors Llaima and Villarrica, but its explosive history makes it a potentially hazardous volcanic center.

Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1240 ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) North flank (Redondo, Chufquén)
0920 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 5 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) SW caldera rim (Alpehué crater)

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.


Llallicupe | Questrodugun | Quetrodugon


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Chufquen, Volcán Cone 2000 m 38° 56' 0" S 71° 30' 0" W
Huechulepun, Volcán Cone 1506 m 38° 54' 0" S 71° 27' 0" W
Redondo, Volcán Cone 1607 m 38° 55' 0" S 71° 31' 0" W


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Alpehue Crater 2241 m 38° 59' 0" S 71° 32' 0" W

Photo Gallery

Ice-filled Sollipulli caldera forms a bullseye at the center of this NASA Space Shuttle image with north to the upper right. The tip of Lake Caburgua is at the left, and Laguna Aluminé at the lower right. The 4-km-wide caldera may have a non-explosive origin, but post-caldera eruptions formed a series of dacitic lava domes along the caldera rim, and the 1-km-wide Alpehué crater, which cuts the SW rim, was the source of a large plinian eruption 2900 years ago. The volcano was active as recently as about 700 years ago.

NASA Space Shuttle image ISS006-E-40416, 2003 (
The broad profile of the snow-covered Sollipulli massif lies on the horizon to the NE as seen from the upper slopes of Villarrica volcano. A 4-km-wide caldera with post-caldera lava domes on its rim lies on the eastern side of the Nevados de Sollipulli volcanic chain. The rounded hills in the middle distance are pyroclastic cones of the Caburgua-Huelemolle volcano group; lava flows from these cones dammed drainages, forming Laguna Caburgua, visible at the upper left.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2004 (Smithsonian Institution).


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title.

Gilbert J S, Stasiuk M V, Lane S J, Adam C R, Murphy M D, Sparks R S J, Naranjo J A, 1996. Non-explosive, constructional evolution of the ice-filled caldera at Volcan Sollipulli, Chile. Bull Volc, 58: 67-83.

Gonzalez-Ferran O, 1995. Volcanes de Chile. Santiago: Instituto Geografico Militar, 635 p.

Moreno H, 1974. Airplane flight over active volcanoes of central-south Chile. Internatl Symp Volc Andean & Antarctic Volc Problems Guidebook, Excur D-3, 56 p.

Moreno H, Naranjo J A, 1991. The southern Andes volcanoes (33°-41° 30' S), Chile. 6th Geol Cong Chile, Excur PC-3, 26 p.

Naranjo J A, Moreno H, Emparan C, Murphy M, 1993. Volcanismo explosivo reciente en la caldera del volcan Sollipulli, Andes del Sur (39° S). Rev Geol Chile, 20: 167-191.

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Sollipulli 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).
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