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San Salvador Near Quezaltepec Volcano, El Salvador

13.6N 89.1W

October 30th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

El Salvador - October 25th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the city of San Salvador (bright white area at center left), the capital of El Salvador. It lies upon a seismic valley in northern Central America, surrounded with volcanoes and prone to earthquakes.

The city’s altitude average of 560 meters above sea level, gaining altitude toward 1000 meters above sea level at the foothills of the Quezaltepec, or San Salvador, volcano. In fact, the valley got its nickname from the Spaniards who called the area “El Valle de las Hamacas” (The Valley of the Hammocks) due to its constant seismic activity. Just East of the city, lies Lake Illopango, the largest volcanic lake in the nation.

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