Mahagnao Volcano is a dormant volcano
2. Bedrock3. Conduit 4. Base5. Sill6. Dike7. Layers of ash emitted by the volcano8. Flank| 9. Layers of lava emitted by the volcano10. Throat11. Parasitic cone12. Lava flow13. Vent14. Crater15...

 located in the municipalities
Municipalities of the Philippines
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 of Burauen
Burauen, Leyte
Burauen is a 1st class municipality in the province of Leyte, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 48,606 people in 9,213 households....

 and La Paz
La Paz, Leyte
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 in the province
Provinces of the Philippines
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 of Leyte
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, Philippines
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Physical Features

The summit of the volcano is a steep-walled heavily forested crater that opens to the south with a peak elevation of 860 metres (2,821.5 ft). Located on the volcano flanks are fumarole
A fumarole is an opening in a planet's crust, often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrochloric acid, and hydrogen sulfide. The steam is created when superheated water turns to steam as its pressure drops when it emerges from...

s and mudpot
A mudpot, mud pool or paint pot is a sort of hot spring or fumarole consisting of a pool of usually bubbling mud. The mud is generally of white to greyish color, but is sometimes stained with reddish or pink spots from iron compounds...


On the southern flank of the volcano, two crater lake
Crater lake
A crater lake is a lake that forms in a volcanic crater or caldera, such as a maar; less commonly and with lower association to the term a lake may form in an impact crater caused by a meteorite. Sometimes lakes which form inside calderas are called caldera lakes, but often this distinction is not...

s are located, Lakes Danao and Malagsom. Hot Springs are located on the southern shore of Lake Danao (not to be confused with the other Lake Danao which is located near Ormoc City
Ormoc City
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 and part of Lake Danao Natural Park). Lake Malagsom is a crater lake with green acidic water.

Rocks primarily found on the volcano are andesite
Andesite is an extrusive igneous, volcanic rock, of intermediate composition, with aphanitic to porphyritic texture. In a general sense, it is the intermediate type between basalt and dacite. The mineral assemblage is typically dominated by plagioclase plus pyroxene and/or hornblende. Magnetite,...



An eruption was reported to have occurred in 1895 but no further details are available.


Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is a Philippine national institution dedicated to provide information on the activities of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as other specialized information and services primarily for the protection of life and property and in...

 (PHIVOLCS) classifies Mahangao as
inactive volcano even with the active thermal features of the mountain.

Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park

Mahagnao Volcano is the focal point of the Mahagnao Volcano National Park created on August 27, 1937 with Proclamation no. 184 with an area encompassing 635 hectares (1,569.1 acre). Under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the park was renamed to Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park with Proclamation no. 1157 on February 3, 1998.

See also

  • Active volcanoes in the Philippines
    Active volcanoes in the Philippines
    Active is commonly termed for volcanoes with historical eruptions. Moreover, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology classify active volcanoes in the country as having erupted within historical times , with accounts of these eruptions documented by man; or having erupted within the...

  • Potentially active volcanoes in the Philippines
  • Inactive volcanoes of the Philippines
    Inactive volcanoes of the Philippines
    This is a list of inactive volcanoes in the Philippines. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology currently lists 355 volcanoes in the Philippines as inactive. The Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program does not list inactive volcanoes...

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