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Tajumulco

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  • Guatemala
  • México and Central America
  • Stratovolcano
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 15.043°N
  • 91.903°W

  • 4203 m
    13786 ft

  • 342020
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Tajumulco.

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

Eruptive History

There is data available for 2 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1863 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 2  
[ 1821 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 2  
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Tajumulco.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Tajumulco.

Photo Gallery

Tajumulco, the highest volcano in Central America, is seen here from the NW from the slopes of Tacaná volcano, which lies along the México/Guatemala border. Conical Tajumulco volcano has twin summits, which are not distinguishable in this view. A lava flow from Tajumulco's NW summit traveled NW down a deep valley on the flank. Tajumulco has had several unconfirmed reports of historical eruptions.

Photo by Norm Banks, 1987 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
A road in the relatively sparsely populated far western part of Guatemala approaches the NE side of the summit massif of Tajumulco volcano; this side has gentler slopes and higher agricultural use than the NW side. Tajumulco lies NW of the main tourist areas in the Central Highlands and is infrequently visited. The volcano is located closer to Tacaná volcano on the México/Guatemala border than it is to other Guatemalan volcanoes.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1986 (Michigan Technological University).
See title for photo information.
Tajumulco, the highest volcano in Central America, is seen here from the NNW. The volcano rises steeply above deeply dissected valleys cut in plutonic and Tertiary volcanic rocks. Despite its prominence, the 4220-m-high volcano is located in a relatively infrequently visited part of western Guatemala and is much less known than many other Guatemalan volcanoes. Tajumulco has had several unconfirmed reports of historical eruptions.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1986 (Michigan Technological University).
See title for photo information.
Tajumulco's southern flanks (left), which descend toward the Pacific coastal plain, are steeper than its northern flanks. Dioritic plutonic rocks are exposed at the base of the volcano. Tajumulco is Guatemala's (and Central America's) highest volcano, but is one of the least known of the country's major volcanoes.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1986 (Michigan Technological University).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: Pavincul
Publisher: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geografia e Informatica
Country: Mexico
Year: 1993
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Pavincul
Title: Tapachula
Publisher: Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geografia e Informatica
Country: Mexico
Year: 1993
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Tapachula
Title: Carta Geolica de la Republica Mexicana
Publisher: Recursos Minerales and Institute de Gelogia
Country: Mexico
Year: 1992
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Carta Geolica de la Republica Mexicana
Title: Huixtla
Publisher: INEGI
Country: Mexico
Year: 1985
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Huixtla
Title: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: NW C Am (GU ES HO)
Year: 1982
Series: TPC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Title: Estado de Chiapas
Publisher: USGS /SAHOP
Country: Mexico
Year: 1982
Series: SAHOP Landsat
Map Type: Satellite
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Estado de Chiapas
Title: Tapachula
Publisher: SPP & INEGI
Country: Mexico
Year: 1980
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Tapachula
Title: Mapa Hipsometrico de la Republica de Guatemala
Publisher: IGN
Country: Guatemala
Year: 1970
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Mapa Hipsometrico de la Republica de Guatemala
Title: Quezaltenango
Publisher: Direccion General de Cartografia
Country: Guatemala
Year: 1964
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Quezaltenango
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Tajumulco in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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