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  • Italy
  • Italy
  • Complex
  • 1302 CE
  • Country
  • Subregion Name
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 40.73°N
  • 13.897°E

  • 789 m
    2588 ft

  • 211030
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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Summary of eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1302 Jan 18 1302 Mar Confirmed   Historical Observations Arso
1290 (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) FBT tephra
0820 ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Near Arso, FiT tephra
0540 ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Montagnone-Moschiata area, BCT tephra
0295 ± 10 years Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations Vateliero, Molara-Cava Nocelle, Rotaro
0145 (?) Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
0080 ± 1 years Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
[ 0069 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    
0040 ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Radiocarbon (corrected) Near Bosco della Maddalena, Cretaio Tephra
0006 BCE ± 20 years Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
0091 BCE Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations
0200 BCE ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed   Magnetism Ischia Porto (Spiaggia dei Pescatori)
0370 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Magnetism Ischia Porto (San Pietro)
0470 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations Bosco dei Conti and Fondo Ferraro ?
0490 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Magnetism Case Balestrieri?, Cava Nocelle?
0700 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology Costa del Lenzuolo
0930 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) SE of Selva del Napolitano, CaT tephra
1480 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Magnetism Castiglione
2350 BCE ± 1000 years Unknown Confirmed   Potassium-Argon Costa Sparaina
2700 BCE ± 1000 years Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology Punta della Cannuccia
3050 BCE ± 1000 years Unknown Confirmed   Potassium-Argon Cantariello
3580 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Submarine SE flank (Secca d'Ischia)
3880 BCE ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed   Magnetism Zaro, Marecocco, Spiaggia degli Inglesi
7550 BCE ± 1000 years Unknown Confirmed   Potassium-Argon Selva del Napolitano, Piedmonte

The following references are the sources used for data regarding this volcano. References are linked directly to our volcano data file. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title. Additional discussion of data sources can be found under Volcano Data Criteria.

Acocella V, Funiciello R, 1999. The interaction between regional and local tectonics during resurgent doming: the case of the island of Ischia, Italy. J Volc Geotherm Res, 88: 109-123.

Brown R J, Orsi G, de Vita S, 2008. New insights into Late Pleistocene explosive volcanic activity and caldera formation on Ischia (southern Italy). Bull Volc, 70: 583-603.

Capaldi G, Civetta L, Gasparini P, 1976-77. Volcanic history of the island of Ischia (south Italy). Bull Volc, 40: 11-22.

Chiocci F L, de Alteriis G, 2006. The Ischia debris avalanche: first clear submarine evidence in the Mediterranean of a volcanic island prehistorical collapse. Terra Nova, 18: 202-209.

Imbo G, 1965. Italy. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 18: 1-72.

Katsui Y (ed), 1971. List of the World Active Volcanoes. Volc Soc Japan draft ms, (limited circulation), 160 p.

Krafft M, 1974. Guide des Volcans d'Europe. Neuchatel: Delachaux & Niestle, 412 p.

Lucchi F, Tranne C A, De Astis G, Keller J, Losito R, Morche W, 2008. Stratigraphy and significance of Brown Tuffs on the Aeolian Islands (southern Italy). J Volc Geotherm Res, 177: 49-70.

Manzo M, Ricciardi G P, Casu F, Ventura G, Zeni G, Borgstrom S, Berardino P, Del Gaudio C, Lanzari R, 2006. Surface deformation analysis in the Ischia Island (Italy) based on spaceborne radar interferometry. J Volc Geotherm Res, 151: 399-416.

Molin P, Acocella V, Funiciello R, 2003. Structural, seismic and hydrothermal features at the border of an active intermittent resurgent block: Ischia Island (Italy). J Volc Geotherm Res, 121: 65-81.

Orsi G, Gallo G, Heiken G, Wohletz K, Yu E, Bonani G, 1992. A comprehensive study of pumice formation and dispersal: the Cretaio Tephra of Ischia (Italy). J Volc Geotherm Res, 53: 329-354.

Orsi G, Gallo G, Zanchi A, 1991. Simple-shearing block resurgence in caldera depressions. A model from Pantelleria and Ischia. J Volc Geotherm Res, 47: 1-11.

Orsi G, Piochi M, Campajola L, D'Onofrio A, Gialanella L, Terrasi F, 1996. 14C geochronological constraints for the volcanic history of the island of Ischia (Italy) over the last 5000 years. J Volc Geotherm Res, 71: 249-257.

Peccerillo A, 2005. Plio-Quaternary Volcanism in Italy. Berlin: Springer, 365 p.

Poli S, Chiesa S, Gillot P-Y, Gregnanin A, Guichard F, 1987. Chemistry versus time in the volcanic complex of Ischia (Gulf of Naples, Italy): evidence of successive magmatic cycles. Contr Mineral Petr, 95: 322-335.

Slejko F F, Petrini R, Orsi G, Piochi M, Forte C, 2004. Water speciation and Sr isotopic exchange during water--melt interaction: a combined NMR-TIMS study on the Cretaio Tephra (Ischia Island, south Italy). J Volc Geotherm Res, 133: 311-320.

Vezzoli L, 1986. Geologic Map of the Island of Ischia. CNR Progetto Finalizzato Geodinamica, Rome.

Vezzoli L, Principe C, Malfatti J, Arrighi S, Tanguy J-C, Le Goff M, 2009. Modes and times of caldera resurgence: the <10 ka evolution of ischia caldera, Italy, from high-precision archeomagnetic dating. J Volc Geotherm Res, 186: 305-319.

The Ischia volcanic complex forms a rectangular, 6 x 9 km island immediately SW of the Campi Flegrei area at the western side of the Bay of Naples. The eruption of the trachytic Green Tuff ignimbrite about 56,000 years ago was followed by caldera formation. The high point on the island, 789-m-high Monte Epomeo, is a volcanic horst composed of the Green Tuff ignimbrite deposit that was submerged after its eruption and then uplifted. Volcanism on the island has been significantly affected by tectonism that formed a series of horsts and grabens; at least 800 m of uplift has formed as a result of resurgent doming during past 33,000 years. Many small monogenetic volcanoes were formed around the uplifted block. Volcanism during the Holocene produced a series of pumiceous tephras, tuff rings, lava domes, and lava flows, and a major collapse of Mount Epomeo produced a large submarine debris-avalanche deposit. The latest eruption, in 1302 CE, produced a spatter cone and the Arso lava flow, which reached the NE coast.