Puracé is an andesitic stratovolcano located in the Puracé National Natural Park in the Cauca Department, Colombia. It is part of the North Volcanic Zone of the Andean Volcanic Belt. The volcano is located at the intersection of the Coconucos and Morras Faults.[1]

Volcán Puracé from Popayán - 2006.jpg
Purace volcano seen from Popayán in 2006
Highest point
Elevation4,646 m (15,243 ft)
Coordinates2°18′50″N 76°23′43″W / 2.31389°N 76.39528°W / 2.31389; -76.39528Coordinates: 2°18′50″N 76°23′43″W / 2.31389°N 76.39528°W / 2.31389; -76.39528
Puracé is located in Colombia
Location of Puracé in Colombia
Parent rangeCentral Ranges, Andes
Mountain typeAndesitic stratovolcano
Volcanic beltNorth Volcanic Zone
 Andean Volcanic Belt
Last eruptionMarch 1977

It is one of the most active volcanoes in Colombia. Large explosive eruptions occurred in 1849, 1869, 1885, 1949, 1950, 1956, and 1957. There have been about a dozen eruptions in the twentieth century, the most recent one being in 1977. On this occasion, volcanic ash was deposited 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) away. Fumaroles were seen near the summit in 1990, and hot springs emerged from some of the lower slopes.[2]

View of Puracé


Panorama of the crater in October 2012

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Plancha 365, 2003
  2. ^ Seach, John. "Puracé Volcano". Volcano Live. Retrieved 26 January 2017.


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