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Whangarei volcano

cinder cones 397 m / 1,302 ft
North Island, New Zealand, -35.75°S / 174.27°E
Current status: (probably) extinct (0 out of 5)
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Typical eruption style: effusive
Whangarei volcano eruptions: probably about 30,000 years ago
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sun, 26 Feb
Sun, 26 Feb 06:48 UTCM 2.2 / 33.1 km42 kmNew Zealand
Whangarei volcano (named after the nearby town of Whangarei) is a group of cinder cones and lava flows. Their age is not well known, and could be as between less than 10,000 and up to about 30,000 years ago.

Background:

from Smithsonian / GVP volcano information:

The Whangarei volcanic field lies in the central part of the Northland Peninsula, at the southernmost end of the Northland Intraplate Province. In addition to the younger dominantly basaltic rocks, Miocene dacitic lava domes and rhyolitic breccias are also present at Whangarei.
Quaternary volcanics form a group of large cones SE of Whangarei, a NE-aligned group of scoria cones north of the city, and a group of lava flows east of the city along a major fault. The youngest basalts were mapped as Holocene (Kear and Thompson, 1964), although the age of the field is not well known and there are some indications that the latest eruption may have been during the late Pleistocene, about 30,000 years ago (Latter 1994, pers. comm.).


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