Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03811
The pre-1982 summit of El Chichón volcano is seen in this aerial view from the east. A large lava dome that formed the previous summit of the volcano fills a 1.6 x 2 km wide central crater that was created about 220,000 years ago. This dome was destroyed by the 1982 eruptions, which created a new 1-km-wide crater centered on the former dome. The two forested peaks outside the older crater are the SW (upper left) and NW (upper right) lava domes.
Photo by René Canul, 1981 (Comisión Federal de Electricidad).