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Isla del Tigre

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  • Honduras
  • Central America Volcanic Arc
  • Composite | Stratovolcano
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
  • Country
  • Volcanic Province
  • Landform | Volc Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 13.274°N
  • 87.639°W

  • 774 m
    2539 ft

  • 343130
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports available for Isla del Tigre.

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The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Isla del Tigre.

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Isla del Tigre. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Isla del Tigre page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Isla del Tigre.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Isla del Tigre.

Photo Gallery

The morphologically youthful Isla el Tigre is a small, 5-km-wide island located south of Isla Zacate Grande in the Gulf of Fonseca. The conical 783-m-high basaltic stratovolcano, viewed here from the NE across a narrow 2-km-wide strait from Zacate Grande, is the southernmost volcano of Honduras.

Photo by Mike Carr, 1991 (Rutgers University).
Isla el Tigre is a small, 5-km-wide island across a narrow strait south of Isla Zacate Grande in the Gulf of Fonseca of Honduras. The conical, 783-m-high stratovolcano, seen here from the NE on Zacate Grande island, is less dissected than Zacate Grande volcano and is of probable Holocene age. A single satellitic cone (far right) overlooks the NW-flank town of Amapala, Honduras' only Pacific port. The peak in the distance beyond the right-hand flank is the volcanic island of Meangura.

Photo by Mike Carr, 1991 (Rutgers University).
Isla el Tigre in Honduras is seen here across the Gulf of Fonseca from Punta el Chiquirín on the eastern tip of El Salvador. The morphologically youthful volcano rises 783 m above the gulf and is the southernmost in Honduras. A valley on the SW flank (right) extends to the sea and disrupts the symmetry of the volcano.

Photo by Rick Wunderman, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
Isla el Tigre stratovolcano forms a small island in the Gulf of Fonseca across a narrow strait from Isla Zacate Grande (upper right), a volcano forming a peninsula on the Honduras mainland. A single satellitic cone lies immediately south of the town of San Pablo on the NNW side of the 5-km-wide island (upper left).

Aerial photo by Instituto Geográfico Nacional El Salvador.
Young volcanoes dot the surface and anchor the shores of the Gulf of Fonseca, which forms the coastline of three countries. Conchagua volcano occupies the wedge-shaped peninsula (left-center) in eastern El Salvador, while Cosigüina volcano forms the prominent peninsula across the bay in Nicaragua. Clockwise from the top are the islands of Zacate Grande and El Tigre in Honduras and Meanguera and Conchaguita in El Salvador. The mouth of the Gulf of Fonseca is about 30 km wide.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS82-731-83, 1997 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
The 5.5-km-wide Isla del Tigre is located in the Gulf of Fonseca in Honduras, shown in this October 2019 Planet Labs satellite image monthly mosaic (N is at the top). There is a crater just below the summit on the southern flank as well as several other flank craters including El Vigía on the NW flank, just NE of the lake near the shore.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2019 (https://www.planet.com/).
GVP Map Holdings

Maps are not currently available due to technical issues.

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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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