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Suretamatai volcano

Updated: Dec 3, 2022 17:22 GMT -
Complex volcano 921 m / 3,022 ft
Banks Islands, Vanuatu, -13.8°S / 167.47°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 20 Dec 2021

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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Suretamatai volcano eruptions: 1966

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Background

Suretamatai volcano forms much of Vanua Lava Island, one of the largest of Vanuatu's Banks Islands. The younger lavas of 921-m-high Suretamatai (also known as Soritimeat) volcano overlie a number of small older stratovolcanoes that form the island. In contrast to other large volcanoes of Vanuatu, the dominantly basaltic-to-andesitic Suretamatai does not contain a youthful summit caldera. A chain of small stratovolcanoes, oriented along a NNE-SSW line, gives the low-angle volcano an irregular profile. The youngest cone, near the northern end of the chain, is the largest and contains a lake of variable depth within its 900-m-wide, 100-m-deep summit crater. Historical activity, beginning during the 19th century, has been restricted to moderate explosive eruptions.
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Thu, 27 Aug 2020, 15:30

Suretamatai volcano (Vanuatu): unrest continues

Satellite image of Suretamatai volcano on 27 Aug 2020
Since the last update, the volcanic unrest continues at Vanua Lava. Hazards from the volcano include volcanic gases located on the volcanic cone and the sulfur river. ... Read all
Mon, 13 Jun 2016, 09:57

Suretamatai volcano (Vanuatu): alert level raised to 1

The alert level of the volcano (also known as Vanua Lava) was recently raised a notch from 0 to 1 (on a scale of 0-4). No details about volcanic unrest are available, but presumably, the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory recorded elevated seismic activity from the volcano. Read all
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