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  • 41.755°S
  • 72.396°W

  • 2187 m
    7173 ft

  • 358022
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Volcano Types

Lava dome(s)
Pyroclastic cone(s)

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite


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Geological Summary

Yate volcano is a late-Pleistocene, glacially dissected basaltic-andesite stratovolcano with Holocene parasitic vents. One of these flank vents is labeled Volcán Yate on the Volcán Hornopirén 1:50,000 quadrangle map. This isolated volcano, located NNE of Volcán Hornopirén, south of the Relancaví strait, shows evidence of Holocene eruptions. The elongated volcano contains six eruptive centers localized along a NW-trending fissure about 7.5 km long. The most recent activity originated from basaltic-andesite pyroclastic cones on the NW and western flanks. No historical eruptions are known from Volcán Yate, although the fresh morphology of its satellitic cones suggests an historical age (González-Ferrán, 1995). A non-eruptive volcanic landslide in 1965 produced a debris flow that reached Lake Cabrera, causing a tsunami that destroyed a settlement and caused 27 fatalities.

Eruptive History

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

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1090 ± 60 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) SE flank, Ya2 tephra

The Global Volcanism Program has no synonyms or subfeatures listed for Yate.

Photo Gallery

Volcán Yate is an upper Pleistocene, glacially dissected stratovolcano with Holocene parasitic vents. Little is known of the eruptive history of this isolated volcano, which is located SW of the mouth of the Puelo River on the Relancaví strait, NNE of neighboring Hornopirén volcano.

Photo by John Davidson, University of Michigan (courtesy of Hugo Moreno, University of Chile).
The small rounded brownish volcano at the center of this NASA International Space Station image (with north to the left) is Hornopirén. It is located SSW of Yate volcano, the glacier-capped peak at the upper left. The 1572-m-high mostly forested volcano lies along a graben defined by the major regional Liquiñe-Ofqui fault zone, north of the Hornopirén strait (lower right) and immediately south of Lago Cabrera. Prominent lava flows descend beyond the SW base of the volcano nearly to the coast.

NASA Space Station image ISS006-E-42995, 2003 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).


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.

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

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Moreno H, 1985. . (pers. comm.).

Watt S F L, Pyle D M, Naranjo J A, Mather T A, 2009. Landslide and tsunami hazard at Yate volcano, Chile as an example of edifice destruction on strike-slip fault zones. Bull Volc, 71: 559-574.

Watt S F L, Pyle D M, Naranjo J A, Rosqvist G, Mella M, Mather T A, Moreno H, 2011. Holocene tephrochronology of the Hualaihue region (Andean souther volcanic zone, ~42 deg S), southern Chile. Quat Internatl, 246: 324-343.

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Yate 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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