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Pico volcano

Updated: Nov 28, 2022 12:01 GMT -
stratovolcano, lavadome 2351 m
Azores (Portugal), 38.47°N / -28.4°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)

A prominent 2351-m-high stratovolcano occupying the eastern end of Pico Island is the highest volcano in the Azores.

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Typical eruption style: Explosive
Pico volcano eruptions: 1718 A.D.

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Saturday, November 26, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Nov 26, 2022 12:33 pm (GMT -1) (Nov 26, 2022 13:33 GMT)

9 km
30 km (19 mi)
São Jorge, 1.5 km north of Velas, Azores, Portugal
Saturday, November 19, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Nov 19, 2022 5:05 am (GMT -1) (Nov 19, 2022 06:05 GMT)

7 km
31 km (19 mi)
São Jorge, 2.6 km east of Velas, Azores, Portugal
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 GMT (2 quakes)
Nov 16, 2022 10:21 pm (GMT -1) (Nov 16, 2022 23:21 GMT)

9 km
29 km (18 mi)
São Jorge, 0.7 km north of Velas, Azores, Portugal
Nov 16, 2022 12:48 pm (GMT -1) (Nov 16, 2022 13:48 GMT)
32 km (20 mi)
São Jorge, 4.7 km east of Velas, Azores, Portugal
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Nov 15, 2022 9:57 am (GMT -1) (Nov 15, 2022 10:57 GMT)

8 km
31 km (19 mi)
São Jorge, 3.9 km east of Velas, Azores, Portugal


Pico is superimposed on an older linear volcano with numerous flank cones that forms most of the 48-km-long island. The conical, dominantly basaltic Pico volcano is capped by a 500-m-wide summit crater that is overtopped by a small steep-sided cone. Historical eruptions have been restricted to the flanks of Pico volcano and to the SE-trending rift zone, which is dotted by pyroclastic cones. An eruption during 1562-64 from the SE rift zone produced lava flows that reached the northern coast. An eruption from a nearby vent issued lava flows that traveled into the sea on the southern side of the island. A flank eruption from Pico in 1718 fed lava flows that reached both coasts.
Source: Smithsonian GVP

Pico Photos

See also: Sentinel hub | Landsat 8 | NASA FIRMS

Pico volcano tours

Azores (Portugal)
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15 days geo and photo tour to the Azores Islands
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Price 2795 €
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