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Steam plume rising from Tinakula's summit crater on 17 Jan 2019 (image: Zey Yian / facebook)
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
The volcano might have recently entered a new eruptive phase: A small steam plume can be seen rising from the summit crater, as recent photos taken from a passenger aboard an airliner passing over the volcano showed. In addition, weak thermal anomalies have been detected on satellite data. ... [more]
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Wellington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Stamps from the British Solomon Islands showing Tinakula (www.iomoon.com).
Stamps from the British Solomon Islands showing Tinakula (www.iomoon.com).
Tinakula volcano with its sciara del fuoco (image: Lance McC, date unknown but before 12/2009, via Panoramio / Volcano HotSpot blog)
Tinakula volcano with its sciara del fuoco (image: Lance McC, date unknown but before 12/2009, via Panoramio / Volcano HotSpot blog)
 

Tinakula volcano eruptions

stratovolcano 851 m / 2,792 ft
Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands, -10.38°S / 165.8°E
Eruption list: 2019 (?), 2012, 2008-2011, 2006-07, 2002 (?), 2001-02, 2002 (April)-2001, 1999, 1995, 1989-90, 1984-85, 1971, 1965-66, 1955 (?), 1951, 1909, 1897, 1886, 1871, 1869, 1857, 1855, 1840?, 1797, 1768, 1595


1971 eruption & tsunami
A major eruption of Tinakula began on 6 September 1971, when a large explosion occurred from the summit crater that produced 2 pyroclastic flows on the E and W sides of the volcano and was followed by a tsunami 30 minutes later. A second explosion, also followed by a tsunami occurred on 7 Sep.
The explosive activity at the summit was followed by an effusive phase that opened a fissure vent about half way up in the western wall of the landslide scar below the summit craters. A lava flow from this fissure reached the sea.
At the same time, intense strombolian activity continued from the summit and built up a new summit cone. Incandescent blocks were observed reaching several 100 m above the crater.
The activity increased towards the end of September and in October and ended in December. Most of the population (160 inhabitants) was evacuated.

1840 eruption and fatalities
An powerful eruption occurred at Tinakula around 1840, producing pyroclastic flows on all sides of the island, killing its inhabitants.
 

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