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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03952

Agua volcano towers to the east above the ancient capital city of Ciudad Vieja.  A mudflow from Agua in 1541 CE destroyed this city, the first capital established by the Spanish conquistadors.  The catastrophe caused the capital city to be relocated to nearby Antigua Guatemala. Photo by Lee Siebert, 1988 (Smithsonian Institution).

Agua volcano towers to the east above the ancient capital city of Ciudad Vieja. A mudflow from Agua in 1541 CE destroyed this city, the first capital established by the Spanish conquistadors. The catastrophe caused the capital city to be relocated to nearby Antigua Guatemala.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1988 (Smithsonian Institution).


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