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Tor Zawar volcano

fissure vents unknown summit elevation
Pakistan, 30.48°N / 67.49°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Tor Zawar volcano books
Typical eruption style: effusive
Tor Zawar volcano eruptions: 2010No recent earthquakes
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Tor Zawar volcano is located at Tor Zawar mountain in the Ziarat region of west-central Pakistan. It is the only known volcano that has been active in Pakistan in recent times. No previous volcanic activity is known from this area.
The eruption consisted in a small and brief fissure eruption from small closely spaced fissures and built a scoria/spatter cone and a miniscule vesicular to glassy lava flow that traveled only 8.2 meters. Unfortunately, the lava flow was later removed from the eruption site.

Background:

The location of the vent is in an area between the active regional Bibai and Gogai thrust faults. 2 analyzed samples had a trachybasaltic and a basaltic-andesite composition, the latter showing evidence of crustal contamination.

Sources: Global Volcanism Program / Smithsonian Institution
See also:
Kerr A C, Khan M, McDonald I (2010) "Eruption of basaltic magma at Tor Zawar, Pakistan on 27 January 2010: geochemical and petrological constraints on petrogenesis", Mineral Mag, v. 74, pp. 1027-1036


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