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Monday, Jun 13, 2016
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. ... [more]
 

Suretamatai volcano

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) | Reports
Suretamatai volcano books
Last update: 19 Aug 2018 (alert level raised to 1)
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Suretamatai volcano eruptions: 1966 No recent earthquakes
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation

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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