Tafu-Maka

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  • 15.37°S
  • 174.23°W

  • -1400 m
    -4592 ft

  • 243120
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There are no activity reports for Tafu-Maka.



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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
2008 Nov (?) 2008 Nov (?) Confirmed 0 Historical Observations Maka

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.

Rubin K H, Embley R W, Clague D A, Resing J A, Michael P J, Keller N S, Baker E T, 2009. Lavas from active boninite and very recent basalt eruptions at two submarine NE Lau Basin sites. Eos, Trans Amer Geophys Union, 89: Fall Meet Suppl, abstr V43I-05.

Smithsonian Institution-GVN, 1990-. [Monthly event reports]. Bull Global Volc Network, v 15-33.

Two submarine volcanoes, Tafu and Maka, lie along a NE-SW-trending ridge segment on the southern part of the NE Lau Spreading Center (NELSC). The NELSC is a back-arc spreading center in the northeast part of the Lau Basin. Tafu (Tongan for "source of fire") rises to about 1400 m below sea level at the NE end of the ridge segment, and Maka (Tongan for "rock") reaches 1560 m below sea level at the SW end of the ridge segment. A November 2008 NOAA Vents Program expedition discovered submarine hydrothermal plumes consistent with very recent (days to weeks?) submarine lava effusion from Maka volcano. A return visit in May 2009 documented the freshly emplaced lava flow at Maka.