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Fonualei volcano, Tonga, Tonga Islands: news & activity updates

Updated: Oct 6, 2022 23:52 GMT-
Sun, 18 Aug 2019, 19:29
Sample of pumice encountered while sailing near Vava'u island in Tonga (image: Sail Surf ROAM / facebook)
A new eruption, likely submarine, has occurred (or is still in progress) during the past days west of Vava'u Island in the Tonga archipelago. Its origin volcano is still a bit unclear, but the eruption, evidenced by fresh pumice rafts and steam plumes is most likely from a submarine volcano near or a vent of the small Fonualei volcano. Read all
Wed, 3 Oct 2001, 06:00
The Laboratoire de Géophysique reported that explosive volcanic activity may have occurred at Fonualei volcano during late September. On 27, 28, and 30 September numerous short T waves were received by the French Polynesian Seismic Network. The preliminary location of the seismicity was determined to be near the Tonga archipelago at 18.18°S (well constrained) and 174°W (not as well constrained). Read all
Fonualei volcano
Stratovolcano 180 m / 591 ft
Tonga, Tonga Islands, -18.02°S / -174.33°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) Fonualei volcano eruptions:
1957 
Typical eruption style
unspecified
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