Puracé

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  • Colombia
  • Colombia
  • Stratovolcano(es)
  • 1977 CE
  • Country
  • Subregion Name
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 2.32°N
  • 76.4°W

  • 4650 m
    15252 ft

  • 351060
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

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There are no activity reports for Puracé.



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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
1977 Mar 19 1977 Mar 28 (?) Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1957 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1956 (in or before) Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1949 May 26 1949 Jun 11 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1947 Apr 27 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1946 Mar 1946 Apr Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1927 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1926 Aug 1926 Sep Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1925 Oct 12 1925 Nov 5 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1924 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1906 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1902 (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1899 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1885 May 25 Unknown Confirmed 3 Historical Observations
1881 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1878 Aug 31 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1870 Oct Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1869 Oct 4 1869 Nov Confirmed 3 Historical Observations
1860 ± 9 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1847 Oct 27 1852 Confirmed 3 Historical Observations
1840 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1835 Jan 23 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1827 Nov 18 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
1816 Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
0160 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)

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.

Cepeda H, Monsalve M L, Pulgarin B, 1991. Origen y mecanismo eruptivo del flujo piroclastico de Agua Blanca, Volcan Purace. Simposio Magmatismo Andino Marco Tectonico, Univ Caldas, Memorias, 2: 40-57.

Cuellar-Rodriguez J V, Ramirez-Lopez C, 1987. Descripcion de los volcanes Colombianos. Rev CIAF, Bogota, p 189-222.

Hantke G, Parodi I, 1966. Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 19: 1-73.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Mendez Fajury R A, 1989. Catalogo de los volcanes activos en Colombia. Bol Geol INGEOMINAS, Colombia, 30: 1-75.

Monsalve M L, 1993. Caracteristicas geoquimicas y dataciones en episodios tipo San Vincente en el Volcano Purace. Bol Geol INGEOMINAS, Colombia, 33: 3-17.

Oppenheim V, 1950. The volcano Purace. Amer J Sci, 248: 171-179.

Smithsonian Institution-GVN, 1990-. [Monthly event reports]. Bull Global Volc Network, v 15-33.

One of the most active volcanoes of Colombia, Puracé consists of an andesitic stratovolcano with a 500-m-wide summit crater that was constructed over a dacitic shield volcano. Puracé lies at the NW end of a volcanic massif opposite Pan de Azúcar stratovolcano, 6 km to the SE. A NW-SE-trending group of seven cones and craters, Los Coconucos, lies between the two larger edifices. Frequent explosive eruptions in the 19th and 20th centuries have modified the morphology of the summit crater. The largest eruptions occurred in 1849, 1869, and 1885.