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Mono Craters volcano

lava domes 2796 m / 9,173 ft
California, USA (mainland exept Alaska), 37.88°N / -119°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Typical eruption style: Explosive
Mono Craters volcano eruptions: 1350 ± 20, 1000 ± 200, 810 ± 300, 700 (?), 490 ± 100, 440 ± 100, 10 ± 200,
700 BC ± 1000, 3850 BC ± 1000, 6750 BC ± 1000
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Fri, 24 Mar
Fri, 24 Mar 16:18 UTCM 0.8 / 10 km12 km- 13km ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California
Fri, 24 Mar 15:21 UTCM 0.1 / 5.2 km8 km- 1km ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California
Fri, 24 Mar 09:12 UTCM 1.5 / 4.9 km8 km- 2km ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California
Fri, 24 Mar 07:17 UTCM 0.8 / 3.3 km24 km- 46km NNE of Mammoth Lakes, California
Fri, 24 Mar 01:29 UTCM 0.7 / 6.1 km15 km- 16km ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California
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The Mono Craters are an elongated, 17 km long group of lava domes, cinder cones and maars on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada between Mono Lake and Long Valley caldera, California. The last eruption at the Mono Craters took place about 600 years ago, nearly contemporaneously with the eruptions from Inyo Craters to the south. It formed tephra rings and obsidian lava domes, lava flows and locally extensive ash and pumice layers. The most known crater of the group is Panum crater.


The volcanic field is associated with an extension of the crust in a tectonic basin on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Explosive eruptions started more than 50,000 years ago, but almost all of the exposed domes and flows are less than 10,000 years old. In the past few 1000 years, activity has shifted both to the north and south from the center of the chain.

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