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Mystery Volcano Photo #9: San Miguel, El Salvador

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It took a few more guesses than some, but Boris Behncke correctly identified MVP#9 as San Miguel in El Salvador.

The current MVP standings: volcanista - 1 Elizabeth - 1 Ralph - 1 gijs - 1 Anne - 1 Cam - 1 gg - 1 The Bobs - 1 Boris Behncke - 1

Still no repeat winners, making for a crowded platform at the top.

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San Miguel in El Salvador, photographed from the ISS.

As for our MVP, San Miguel is one of the most active volcanoes in El Salvador. It has had half a dozen eruptions over the last 25 years, most recent producing a small (VEI 1) explosive eruption in 2002. Most eruptions fall into the VEI 1-2 range, with some lava flows and explosive products that have produced a beautifully symmetrical edifice for the volcano (see above). The volcano has shown some signs of seismic unrest during early 2009 but none of the seismicity has lead to signs of an imminent eruption.

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