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Aoba volcano

Shield volcano 1496 m / 4,908 ft
Vanuatu, -15.4°S / 167.83°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Last update: 14 Apr 2018
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Aoba volcano eruptions: 2017, 2011, 2005
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 29 Mar
Thu, 29 Mar 11:13 UTCM 4.7 / 143 km41 kmVanuatu Islands
Thu, 22 Mar
Thu, 22 Mar 00:44 UTCM 4.9 / 129.6 km24 km- 49km E of Luganville, Vanuatu
Mon, 19 Mar
Mon, 19 Mar 02:36 UTCM 5.3 / 134 km36 kmVanuatu Islands
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.

Background:

A pronounced NE-SW-trending rift zone dotted with scoria cones gives the 16 x 38 km island an elongated form. A broad pyroclastic cone containing three crater lakes is located at the summit of the Hawaiian-style shield volcano within the youngest of at least two nested calderas, the largest of which is 6 km in diameter. Post-caldera explosive eruptions formed the summit craters of Lake Voui (also spelled Vui) and Lake Manaro Ngoru about 360 years ago. A tuff cone was constructed within Lake Voui about 60 years later. The latest known flank eruption, about 300 years ago, destroyed the population of the Nduindui area near the western coast.
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