San Miguel (volcano)

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San Miguel
Volcán Chaparrastique
San Miguel (Chaparrastique) Volcano El Salvador.JPG
San Miguel in 2012
Elevation 2,130 m (6,990 ft)
Location San Miguel Department, El Salvador
Coordinates 13°25′54″N 88°16′17″W / 13.43167°N 88.27139°W / 13.43167; -88.27139Coordinates: 13°25′54″N 88°16′17″W / 13.43167°N 88.27139°W / 13.43167; -88.27139
Type Stratovolcano
Last eruption January 2015 (ongoing)

San Miguel (also known as Volcán Chaparrastique) is a stratovolcano in central-eastern El Salvador. It is situated approximately 15 km southwest of the city of San Miguel. On December 29, 2013, San Miguel erupted at 10:30 local time spewing ash and smoke into the sky, and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people living in a 3 km radius around the volcano.[1] The eruption was the first for 11 years.[2]

Usulután, El Tigre, Chinameca & San Miguel volcanoes imaged from space
The eruption column on December 29, 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ San Miguel volcano (El Salvador): new eruption. Volcano Discovery. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  2. ^ Tadeo, Maria (30 December 2013). "El Salvador begins evacuation after Chaparrastique volcano erupts for the first time in 37 years". The Independent. Retrieved 30 December 2013.