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Home Reef volcano (Tonga Islands) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 16 May-22 May 2007 (Continuing Activity)

Wed, 16 May 2007, 06:00
06:00 AM | BY: VN
Pumice from the Home Reef eruption that began early-to-mid August 2006 reached the eastern Australian coast in March 2007. A substantial stranding of the pumice in mid-April extended for more than 1,300 km along the Queensland and northern New South Wales coast. Pumice clasts ranged in size from 1-4 cm in diameter, with the largest clasts up to 17 cm in diameter.
A visit to the area in February 2007 revealed a pumice mound barely visible over the waves.

Source: Scott Bryan, School of Earth Sciences and Geography, Kingston University
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From: Global Volcanism Program, 2007. Report on Home Reef. In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 16 May-22 May 2007. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2006, 06:00

Home Reef volcano (Tonga Islands) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 13 December-19 December 2006 (Continuing Activity)

Observers from a Royal New Zealand Airforce aircraft reported venting and a sulphur smell from Home Reef on 8 December. The island was about 450 m in diameter, circular in shape, and rose to a height of 73 m (240 ft) a.s.l. The water around the island was cloudy with sediment. ... Read all
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Pumice rafts originally reported to have been from Metis Shoal are now confirmed to have originated from an island-building eruption of the submarine Home Reef volcano. On 12 August, possibly four days after the beginning of the eruption, a sailor spotted the new island after encountering pumice rafts the previous day. The encounter was written in an on-line journal that described the island as four-peaked. ... Read all
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Home Reef volcano
submarine volcano -10 m / -33 ft
Tonga Islands, -18.99°S / -174.78°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5) Home Reef volcano eruptions:
2006 (Aug), 1984 (Mar), 1857 (?), 1852
Typical eruption style
explosive, island-forming
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