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Wallis Islands volcano

Shield volcanoes 143 m / 469 ft
France, Southwestern Pacific Ocean, -13.3°S / -176.17°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Wallis Islands volcano eruptions: unknown, no recent eruptions No recent earthquakes
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation

Background:

The Wallis Islands consist of one relatively large island, 7 x 14 km Uvea Island, and 22 smaller islands and islets that are surrounded by a barrier reef. The low, forested islands, formed of flat-lying basaltic lava flows that are cut by explosion craters and capped by tuff cones and cinder cones, reach a maximum height of only 143 m above sea level. Numerous small shields (lava cones) and tuff cones are considered on morphological grounds to be of Pleistocene to Recent age (Stearns, 1945). Potassium-Argon ages of dated samples range from 0.5 to 0.08 million years old, but rocks of Pleistocene or Holocene age are present (Price et al., 1991).
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