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Whale Island volcano

Complex volcano 354 m / 1,161 ft
New Zealand, -37.86°S / 176.98°E
Current status: (probably) extinct (0 out of 5) | Reports
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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Whale Island volcano eruptions: Pleistocene
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 16 Jan 2020
Thu, 16 Jan 19:12 UTCM 2.1 / 5 km22 kmNew Zealand
Wed, 15 Jan 2020
Wed, 15 Jan 16:25 UTCM 2.4 / 5 km15 kmNew Zealand
Wed, 15 Jan 16:20 UTCM 3.0 / 5 km22 kmNew Zealand
Tue, 14 Jan 2020
Tue, 14 Jan 12:58 UTCM 2.6 / 44.4 km13 kmNew Zealand
Tue, 14 Jan 12:57 UTCM 1.8 / 49.1 km13 kmNew Zealand
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Background:

Whale (Motuhora) Island forms the summit of a largely submerged Pleistocene dacitic-andesitic complex volcano that lies 11 km offshore from Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty. The island is 15 x 5 km wide and elongated in an east-west direction. The 354-m-high central dome complex is flanked by East Dome, which forms the eastern tip of the island and is the oldest of the domes, and Pa Hill lava dome, which forms the NW tip of the island. Acid hot springs, steaming ground, and fumaroles are located primarily between the central cone and East Dome. The central cone and east dome are both older than the roughly 42,000 before present (BP) Rotoehu Tephra, and Pa Hill dome is overlain by the 9000 years BP Rotoma Ash but may be considerably older. Whale Island was included in the Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World (Nairn and Cole, 1975) based on its thermal activity.
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