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Volcanism on Vanuatu

Map and location of Vanuatu
Marum lava lake (Ambrym Island, Vanuatu)
Monday, Jan 13, 2014
Richard Henley (geology professor from Australia) posted a great video of the active lava lakes of Ambrym and strombolian activity in Yasur, taken in Aug 2012 during our Vanuatu volcano tour: ... [more]
Ambrym volcano with Marum (l) and Benbow (r) vents seen from space on 2 Dec (photo: Mike Hopkins / Twitter)
Thursday, Dec 05, 2013
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins captured a great space image of the active Marum and Benbow vents of Ambrym volcano on 2 Dec. Both vents contain active lava lakes. [more]

Photos from Vanuatu

Active Volcanoes of Vanuatu

Motlav | Suretamatai | Gaua | Mere Lava | Aoba | Ambrym | Lopevi | Epi | Kuwae | Unnamed 16.992°S/168.592°E | North Vate | Traitor's Head | Yasur | Aneityum
The Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific is not only one of the most unspoilt and intact places of the earth, but also hosts some of the most spectacular volcanoes.
The Vanuatu archipelago contains many active volcanoes including Ambae, Ambrym, Lopevi, and Yasur, the Stromboli counterpart of the Mediterranean. Vanuatu's island arc is the result of a north-south subduction zone streching from the Matthew and Hunter islands in the south to Tinakula volcano in the Solomon Islands in the north.
Its friendly inhabitants are strongly rooted in their extotic traditional culture and welcome visitors warmheartedly as almost nowhere else. Vanutatu's tropical islands are not only the perfect location for a relaxing tropical holiday, but also offer the possibility for adventurous expeditions to some of the most active and spectacular volcanoes of the world, including the frequently active lava lakes of Ambrym and the famous, constantly erupting volcano Yasur on the Island of Tanna.
Motlav
(Stratovolcano)
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Suretamatai
(Complex volcano)
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Gaua
(stratovolcano)
Gaua is one of the most remote and most active volcanoes of the Vanuatu archipel. Its most recent eruption started in Sep 2009 from Mt Garet inside the caldera lake and is ongoing (as of April 2010). [more]

Mere Lava
(Stratovolcano)
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Aoba
(Shield volcano)
Aoba, also known as Ambae, is a massive 2500 cu km basaltic shield volcano that is the most voluminous volcano of the New Hebrides archipelago. [more]

Ambrym
(shield volcano)
Ambrym is a large basaltic volcano with a 12-km-wide caldera. It is not only one of the most active volcanoes of Vanuatu, but in the world. Its most active craters often contain small lava lakes. [more]

Lopevi
(stratovolcano)
Lopevi is one of Vanuatu's most active volcanoes. It forms a steep cone rising to more than 1400 m from the sea and often has eruptions from the summit crater or flank vents. The island was evacuated following major eruptions in 1939 and 1960. [more]

Epi
(Stratovolcanoes)
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Kuwae
(Caldera)
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Unnamed 16.992°S/168.592°E
(Stratovolcanoes)
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North Vate
(Stratovolcanoes)
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Traitor's Head
(Stratovolcano)
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Yasur
(stratovolcano)
Yasur is the most well known volcanoes of Vanuatu and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Yasur is known for its spectacular persistent strombolian activity that consists of regular small to violent explosions from one or several vents. [more]

Aneityum
(Stratovolcanoes)
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