Tecuamburro

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  • 14.156°N
  • 90.407°W

  • 1845 m
    6052 ft

  • 342120
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Summary of eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0960 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) NW flank (Ixpaco Crater)

The following references are the sources used for data regarding this volcano. References are linked directly to our volcano data file. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title. Additional discussion of data sources can be found under Volcano Data Criteria.

Cameron B I, Walker J A, Carr M J, Patino L C, Matias O, Feigenson M D, 2003. Flux versus decompression melting at stratovolcanoes in southeastern Guatemala. J Volc Geotherm Res, 119: 21-50.

Carr M J, 1984. Symmetrical and segmented variation of physical and geochemical characterisitics of the Central American volcanic front. J Volc Geotherm Res, 20: 231-252.

Duffield W A, 2001. At least Noah had some warning. Eos, Trans Amer Geophys Union, 82: 305, 309.

Duffield W A, Heiken G H, Wohletz K H, Maassen L W, Dengo G, Mckee E H, 1989. Geology and geothermal potential of the Tecuamburro volcano area of Guatemala. Trans Geotherm Res Council, 13: 125-131.

Duffield W A, Heiken G H, Wohletz K H, Maassen L W, Dengo G, Pinzon O, 1991. Geologic map of Tecuamburro volcano and surrounding area, Guatemala. U S Geol Surv Map, I-2197, 1:50,000 geol map.

Goff S J, Goff F, Janik C J, 1992. Tecuamburro volcano, Guatemala: exploration geothermal gradient drilling and results. Geothermics, 21: 483-502.

Heiken G, Duffield W, 1990. An evaluation of the geothermal potential of the Tecuamburro volcano area of Guatemala. Central Amer Energy Resour Project, LA-11906-MS, Los Alamos Natl Lab, Los Alamos, NM 87545, 37 p.

Janik C J, Goff F, Fahlquist L, Adams A I, Roldan-M A, Chipera S J, Trujillo P E, Counce D, 1992. Hydrogeochemical exploration of geothermal prospects in the Tecuamburro volcano region, Guatemala. Geothermics, 21: 447-481.

Mooser F, Meyer-Abich H, McBirney A R, 1958. Central America. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 6: 1-146.

Sapper K, 1925. The Volcanoes of Central America. Halle: Verlag Max Niemeyer, 144 p.

Siebert L, Alvarado G E, Vallance J W, van Wyk de Vries B, 2006. Large-volume volcanic edifice failures in Central America and associated hazards. In: Rose W I, Bluth G J S, Carr M J, Ewert J W, Patino L C, Vallance J W (eds), Volcanic hazards in Central America, {Geol Soc Amer Spec Pap}, 412: 1-26.

Tecuamburro is a small, forested stratovolcano or large lava-dome complex of mostly Pleistocene age. It is located about 50 km ESE of Guatemala City, about 20 km south of the main volcanic chain. An ancestral andesitic stratovolcano, Miraflores, was formed about 100,000 years ago. Tecuamburro and other lava domes were constructed during the late Pleistocene or early Holocene within a horseshoe-shaped, east-facing caldera produced by structural failure of the older Miraflores stratovolcano prior to about 38,000 years ago. One of the largest of these domes, Peña Blanca, overtops the NW rim of the collapse scarp. Two nested craters, the larger of which is Chupadero, lie at the NW end of the complex. The smaller crater is a phreatic tuff ring, Laguna Ixpaco, that was formed about 2900 years ago during the latest dated eruption of the Tecuamburro complex. Numerous fumaroles, hot springs, and boiling mud pots are found in the area around the acidic lake. No historical eruptions are known from Tecuamburro.