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Friday, Jan 17, 2014
Tobias visited the Canary Islands on a reconnaissance trip in December 2013 as a preparation for a new tour for VolcanoDiscovery Tours. We present some of his pictures from Lanzarote Island. [more]
 

Lanzarote volcano

shield volcano 670 m
Canary Islands (Spain), 29.01°N / -13.75°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Lanzarote volcano books | Tours
Last update: 31 Oct 2015
Typical eruption style: Explosive
Lanzarote volcano eruptions: 1824 No recent earthquakes
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
The 60-km-long island of Lanzarote at the NE end of the Canary Islands contains the largest concentration of youthful volcanism in the Canaries.

Background:

Pleistocene-and-Holocene cinder cones and lava flows erupted along NE-SW-trending fissures are found throughout the low-altitude arid island and on smaller islands to the north. The largest historical eruption of the Canary Islands took place during 1730-36, when long-term eruptions from a NE-SW-trending fissure formed the Montañas del Fuego and produced voluminous lava flows that covered about 200 sq km. The lava flows reached the western coast along a broad, 20-km-wide front. The villages of Maretas and Santa Catalina were destroyed, along with the most fertile valleys and estates of the arid island. An eruption during 1824 produced a much smaller lava flow that reached the SW coast. Source: Smithsonian GVP

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