Sabancaya, a stratovolcano located in the Peruvian Andes, is known for its near-continuous eruptive activity since 1990. It is characterized by frequent explosions, ash emissions, and occasional lava flows. Despite Sabancaya’s remote location, its ash plumes can disrupt air travel and impact surrounding communities.

Location: The Andes, Southern Peru
Coordinates: -15.780923, -71.850143
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano


Sabancaya’s Location


Sabancaya’s Latest Status

2024: Currently Active.


Sabancaya’s Eruptive History

1990-1999 Multiple ash eruptions, ongoing seismicity and lahars. Eruptions in 1992 increased, prompting an official alert. Eruptions became less frequent.
2014 Increased seismicity preceded an eruption in August 2014
2016 New fumaroles appeared and a further eruption occurred with an ash plume to 3km.
2017 A lava done grew in the crater. Ongoing ash emissions.
2018 Strong, frequent eruptions.
2020 Lava dome growth over 2019 and multiple thermal anomalies recorded. Ongoing eruptive activity continues.
2023 April 2023: Volcanic unrest continues. There has been regular ash emissions with one eruption creating a plume to 10km.
2024 Sabancaya eruptions continue at moderate levels, with ash plumes rising to 3km.


Sabancaya Monitoring

For monitoring of this volcano, please refer to Instituto Geofísico del Perú.


Sabancaya Images