Savo

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 9.13°S
  • 159.82°E

  • 485 m
    1591 ft

  • 255070
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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
[ 1865 ± 20 years ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    
1835 ± 5 years 1847 (?) Confirmed 3 Historical Observations
1650 ± 20 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected)
1568 (in or before) Unknown Confirmed 3 Historical Observations NE crater margin

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.

Fisher N H, 1957. Melanesia. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 5: 1-105.

Grover J C, 1958. The Solomon Islands--geological exploration and research 1953-1956. Geol Surv Brit Solomon Is Mem, 2: 1-150.

Petterson M, Cronin S, Taylor P, Tolia D, Papabatu A, Toba T, Qopoto C, 2003. The eruptive history and volcanic hazards of Savo, Solomon Islands. Bull Volc, 65: 165-181.

The 6 x 7 km island of Savo consists of a forested andesitic-to-dacitic stratovolcano with a shallow, elliptical 1 x 1.5 km wide summit crater. Lava domes of historical age are located on the crater floor and its NE rim, and older domes occur on the flanks of the volcano. Pyroclastic flows and mudflows traveled down valleys from the summit crater to form debris fans along the coast. Thermal areas located in the summit crater, the south to SE flanks, and offshore include areas of steaming ground, fumaroles, small geysers, and hot springs. Spanish explorers arrived in 1568 during the first historical eruption of Savo. Pyroclastic flows during the climactic phase killed almost all inhabitants of the island, and oral traditions also note the expansion of the island on the northern side. Other eruptive episodes occurred during the mid-17th century and during the 1830s to 1840s.