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Popa volcano

stratovolcano 1518 m / 4,980 ft
Burma (Myanmar), 20.92°N / 95.25°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: explosive, strombolian
Popa volcano eruptions: 442 BC No recent earthquakes
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Mt. Popa volcano is a large stratovolcano at the northern end of the
Pegu Yoma Hills range in central Burma.
The steep-sided volcano rises 1150 m from its base of a surrounding lava plateau. It had an eruption in or around 442 BC, which is preserved in local legends.

Background:

The main edifice of Mt Popa consists of overlapping basaltic and basaltic-andesite lava flows, tephra layers and scoria deposits from strombolian eruptions, which seem to have prevailed during the later stages of its formation.
Mount Popa contains a 1.6-km-wide, 850-m-deep horseshoe-shaped caldera that is widely breached to the NW and formed as a result of slope failure. A 3 cu km debris-avalanche deposit covers an area of 27 sq km north of the breach.

Source: Mt Popa volcano Smithsonian / GVP information


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