St. Paul volcano
Stratovolcano 268 m / 879 ft
France, Southern Indian Ocean, -38.72°S / 77.53°ECurrent status
: normal or dormant
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The uninhabited triangular island of St. Paul is located near the axis of the East Indian Ocean Ridge, 80 km south of Amsterdam Island. St. Paul is composed of a older tuff cone surmounted by a basaltic stratovolcano with a 1.8-km-wide caldera. The entire NE half of the volcano was submerged following collapse along a NW-trending fault. This breached the central caldera, leaving an 80-m-deep bay connected to the ocean by a narrow channel only a few meters deep. Geothermal areas are located near the 268-m-high caldera rim and along the margins of the caldera bay. The only recorded historical eruption took place in 1793 from a vent on the lower SW flank.
Smithsonian / GVP volcano information
Claude, Olivier and Paul watch the activity of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
krakatau_paul_0011.jpg (Photo: Paul Reichert)
krakatau_paul_0003.jpg (Photo: Paul Reichert)
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