Teneguía is a monogenetic cinder cone – a vent which has been active once and has had further seismic activity.[1] It is situated on the island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands and is located at the southern end of the sub-aerial section of the Cumbre Vieja volcano of which Teneguía is just one of several vents.[3]

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The monogenetic cone of Teneguia in 2012.
Highest point
Elevation439 m (1,440 ft)[1]
Prominence439 m (1,440 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates28°28′N 17°51′W / 28.467°N 17.850°W / 28.467; -17.850Coordinates: 28°28′N 17°51′W / 28.467°N 17.850°W / 28.467; -17.850
LocationLa Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
Mountain typeCinder cone[1]
Last eruptionOctober to November 1971[2]

1971 eruptionEdit

This vent is the source of the last subaerial volcanic eruption in Spain, which occurred from October 26 to November 28, 1971. Earthquakes preceded the eruption. The eruption killed an elderly fisherman who got too close to the lava and was asphyxiated by the fumes. The eruption also caused some property damage and destroyed a beach, though a new one was later formed by natural means. Populated zones were not affected. The vent has since become an attraction for tourists and forms part of the Monumento Natural de Los Volcanes de Teneguía.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "La Palma". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  2. ^ "La Palma: Eruptive History". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  3. ^ Carracedo, Juan Carlos; Troll, Valentin R. (2021), "North-East Atlantic Islands: The Macaronesian Archipelagos", Encyclopedia of Geology, Elsevier, pp. 674–699, ISBN 978-0-08-102909-1, retrieved 2021-06-14
  4. ^ "The Geology of the Canary Islands - 1st Edition". www.elsevier.com. Retrieved 2020-10-08.

Further readingEdit

Scarth, Alwyn; Tanguy, Jean-Claude (2001). Volcanoes of Europe. Oxford University Press. p. 243 pp. ISBN 0-19-521754-3.