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Report on Tacana (Mexico-Guatemala) — July 1987


Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 7 (July 1987)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Tacana (Mexico-Guatemala) Continued minor seismicity and gas emission

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1987. Report on Tacana (Mexico-Guatemala) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 12:7. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198707-341130



15.132°N, 92.109°W; summit elev. 4064 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

Seismic activity continued in May and June at about the same level as in previous months. Seismic station SBG, 6 km E of the summit, recorded 40 microearthquakes in May and 30 in June with S-P <= 2.0 seconds. Gas emission continued at the fumarolic vent formed by the 8 May 1986 phreatic eruption. A small lake was seen inside the vent by an INSIVUMEH team during their November 1986 visit.

Geological Summary. Tacaná is a 4064-m-high composite stratovolcano that straddles the México/Guatemala border at the NW end of the Central American volcanic belt. The volcano rises 1800 m above deeply dissected plutonic and metamorphic terrain. Three large calderas breached to the south, and the elongated summit region is dominated by a series of lava domes intruded along a NE-SW trend. Volcanism has migrated to the SW, and a small adventive lava dome is located in the crater of the youngest volcano, San Antonio, on the upper SW flank. Viscous lava flow complexes are found on the north and south flanks, and lobate lahar deposits fill many valleys. Radial drainages on the Guatemalan side are deflected by surrounding mountains into the Pacific coastal plain on the SW side of the volcano. Historical activity has been restricted to mild phreatic eruptions, but more powerful explosive activity, including the production of pyroclastic flows, has occurred as recently as about 1950 years ago.

Information Contacts: E. Sánchez, INSIVUMEH.