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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 17.87°S
  • 148.07°W

  • 435 m
    1427 ft

  • 333040
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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
[ 1981 Mar 5 ] [ 1981 Dec ] Uncertain 0   SE of Mehetia (-1700 m?)

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.

Binard N, Maury R C, Guille G, Talandier J, Gillot P Y, Cotten J, 1993. Mehetia Island, South Pacific: geology and petrology of the emerged part of the Society hot spot. J Volc Geotherm Res, 55: 239-260.

Cheng Q C, Macdougall J D, Lugmair G W, 1993. Geochemical studies of Tahiti, Teahitia and Mehetia, Society Island Chain. J Volc Geotherm Res, 55: 155-184.

Duncan R A, McDougall I, 1976. Linear volcanism in French Polynesia. J Volc Geotherm Res, 1: 197-227.

Hekinian R, Bideau D, Stoffers P, Cheminee J L, Muhe R, Puteanus D, Binard N, 1991. Submarine intraplate volcanism in the South Pacific: geological setting and petrology of the Society and Austral regions. J Geophys Res, 96: 2109-2138.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Talandier J, 1983. Activite volcanosismique de la region de Tahiti-Mehetia (Pacifique Central Sud) Crise Du Teahitia En Mars Et Avril. Laboratoire Geophysique Tahiti, unpublished ms, 82 p.

Talandier J, Kuster G T, 1976. Seismicity and submarine volcanic activity in French Polynesia. J Geophys Res, 81: 936-948.

Talandier J, Okal E A, 1984a. The volcanoseismic swarms of 1981-1983 in the Tahiti-Mehetia area, French Polynesia. J Geophys Res, 89: 11,216-11,234.

The 1.5-km-wide, steep-sided island of Mehetia, the youngest and SE-most of the Society Islands, lacks a well-developed fringing coral reef. The 435-m-high island (known as Meetia or Meketia in the Tahitian and Tuamotuan languages, respectively) is the summit of a large volcano that rises 4000 m from the sea floor. An older edifice is formed of a lava flow sequence overlain by hydromagmatic deposits and strombolian ejecta. A well-preserved Holocene crater, 150 m wide and 80 m deep, is located NW of the summit and has been the source of the youngest lava flows on the island (Binard et al., 1993). Polynesian legends mention "large fires," and the lack of vegetation on some lava flows suggests that the latest activity occurred within the last 2000 years (Talandier and Custer, 1976). Other recent activity at Tehetia originated from a submarine crater at 2500-2700 m depth on the SE flank.