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Taupo volcano

Caldera 760 m / 2,493 ft
New Zealand, -38.82°S / 176°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
Taupo volcano books
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Taupo volcano eruptions: 260 AD (?) 
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Mon, 21 Aug
Mon, 21 Aug 19:45 UTCM 1.4 / 7.5 km25 kmNew Zealand
Mon, 21 Aug 18:36 UTCM 1.4 / 59.8 km16 kmNew Zealand
Mon, 21 Aug 18:08 UTCM 1.7 / 126.9 km23 kmNew Zealand
Mon, 21 Aug 09:20 UTCM 1.9 / 71.6 km10 kmNew Zealand
Mon, 21 Aug 09:20 UTCM 1.0 / 71.6 km10 kmNew Zealand
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Background:

Taupo, the most active rhyolitic volcano of the Taupo volcanic zone, is a large, roughly 35-km-wide caldera with poorly defined margins. It is a type example of an "inverse volcano" that slopes inward towards the most recent vent location. The Taupo caldera, now filled by Lake Taupo, largely formed as a result of the voluminous eruption of the Oruanui Tephra about 22,600 years before present (BP). This was the largest known eruption at Taupo, producing about 1170 cu km of tephra. This eruption was preceded during the late Pleistocene by the eruption of a large number of rhyolitic lava domes north of Lake Taupo. Large explosive eruptions have occurred frequently during the Holocene from many vents within Lake Taupo and near its margins. The most recent major eruption took place about 1800 years BP from at least three vents along a NE-SW-trending fissure centered on the Horomotangi Reefs. This extremely violent eruption was New Zealand's largest during the Holocene and produced the thin but widespread phreatoplinian Taupo Ignimbrite, which covered 20,000 sq km of North Island.
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