Epi volcano

Stratovolcanoes 833 m / 2,733 ft
Vanuatu, -16.68°S / 168.37°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)

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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Epi volcano eruptions: 2004 

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Background

A large caldera, with submarine post-caldera cones active in historical time, lies off the eastern coast of Epi Island. Epi Island itself, located slightly west of the main New Hebrides volcanic arc, largely consists of two Quaternary volcanoes, Mount Allombei on the west and Pomare (Tavani Kutali) on the east. Tavani Ruro, which forms an elongated eastern extension of Epi Island across a narrow isthmus, is related to Kuwae caldera to the east. Pomare volcano is the highest point on the island and has three well-preserved subsidiary cones to the east with youthful summit craters. Pomare volcano is truncated on its eastern side by the largely submarine East Epi caldera, which has been the source of all historical eruptions. Three small submarine basaltic and dacitic cones, known as Epi A, Epi B, and Epi C, are located along the northern rim of the breached caldera. Ephemeral islands were formed during eruptions in 1920 and 1953, and the summit of the shallowest cone, Epi B, was at 34 m below sea level at the time of a 2001 survey.
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Epi Photos

"Lava fountains" are near-continuous gas bubbles escaping from the lava lake: they are the motor of the lake, transporting heat energy from the magma chamber to the surface and keeping the lake - underneath a thin, slvery crust - liquid and boiling where the gasses escape. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
"Lava fountains" are near-continuous gas bubbles escaping from the lava lake: they are the motor of the lake, transporting heat energy from the magma chamber to the surfa...
The ondulating south coast of Epi Island. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The ondulating south coast of Epi Island. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Etna, 17th paroxysm.
In the morning of 23 November 2013, the 17th paroxysmal eruptive episode occurred at Etna's New Southeast Crater. The eruption column, several kilometers high, was charged with pyroclastic material that was dispersed by the wind toward north-east. (Photo: Giuseppe Graziano Barone)
Etna, 17th paroxysm.
In the morning of 23 November 2013, the 17th paroxysmal eruptive episode occurred at Etna's New Southeast Crater. The eruption column, several k...
Mosaic depicting Poseidon and Amphitrite, excavations of Herculaneum, Italy (Photo: Janka)
Mosaic depicting Poseidon and Amphitrite, excavations of Herculaneum, Italy (Photo: Janka)
 



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