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Curacoa volcano

Submarine volcano -33 m / - 108 ft
Tonga, Tonga Islands, -15.62°S / -173.67°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Curacoa volcano eruptions: 1979 
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sun, 2 Dec
Sun, 2 Dec 13:53 UTCM 4.9 / 50.5 km8 km- 15km NE of Hihifo, Tonga
Tue, 20 Nov
Tue, 20 Nov 00:46 UTCM 5.0 / 35 km41 km- 83km NNE of Hihifo, Tonga

Background:

A submarine volcano south of Curacoa Reef at the northern end of the Tofua volcanic arc was first observed in eruption in 1973. Explosive eruptions, which produced large rafts of dacitic pumice covering an area of more than 100 sq km, were observed from the island of Tafahi, 27 km to the SSW. The eruption site was located about 6.5 km SW of Curacoa Reef. Multiple submarine vents are apparently located in this area; a second eruption was reported in 1979 from a location 13 km north of Tafahi.
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