Fantale volcano

stratovolcano 2007 m / 6,585 ft
Ethiopia, 8.98°N / 39.93°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Fantale volcano's caldera
Fantale volcano's caldera

Fantale (also spelled Fantalle or Fantala) is a large stratovolcano in the Ethiopian Rift Valley west of Lake Awash. It contains a large spectacular summit caldera.
Fantale's historic eruptions produced lava flows that descended to the east side into the valley and lake Awash. An eruption during the 13th century destroyed a town and church located south of the volcano. In 1820, a 4 km long fissure eruption occured on the east flank and sent basaltic lava flows both into the caldera and outside, reaching the bottom of the Rift valley.

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Typical eruption style: Explosive and effusive.
Fantale volcano eruptions: 1820 (?), 1250 (+-50y)

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Background

Fantale is known for welded ash flows thought to correspond to violent eruptions that were followed by the formation of its 2.5 x 4.5 km summit caldera surrounded by steep walls up to 500 m high. The volcano was built on a WNW-ESE-trending orientation perpendicular to the axis of Ethiopian Rift and flank vents exist on the same line.

Fantale Photos

Fantale is a large stratovolcano on the floor of the Ethiopian Rift Valley, truncated by a 6km wide caldera, which shows numerous deposits of young lava eruptions. The last one took place around 1820.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fantale is a large stratovolcano on the floor of the Ethiopian Rift Valley, truncated by a 6km wide caldera, which shows numerous deposits of young lava eruptions. The la...
Photographer Roland at Lake Awash with Fantale volcano in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Photographer Roland at Lake Awash with Fantale volcano in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fantale volcano behind Lake Awash (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fantale volcano behind Lake Awash (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lunch rest at Fantale volcano's caldera. Mangos were never that delicious! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lunch rest at Fantale volcano's caldera. Mangos were never that delicious! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
 



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