Liamuiga

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  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • West Indies
  • Stratovolcano
  • 160 CE
  • Country
  • Subregion Name
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 17.37°N
  • 62.8°W

  • 1156 m
    3792 ft

  • 360030
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  • Summit
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There are no activity reports for Liamuiga.



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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
[ 1843 Feb 8 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    
[ 1692 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    
0160 ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Tephra unit F
0060 ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Tephra unit E
2010 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Tephra unit D

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.

Baker P E, 1985. Volcanic hazards on St. Kitts and Montserrat, West Indies. J Geol Soc London, 142: 279-295.

Harkness D D, Roobol M J, Smith A L, Stipp J J, Baker P E, 1994. Radiocarbon redating of contaminated samples from a tropical volcano: the Mansion 'Series' of St Kitts, West Indies. Bull Volc, 56: 326-334.

Roberston R, 2005a. St. Kitts. In: Lindsay J M, Robertson R E A, Shepherd J B, Ali S (eds). {Volcanic Hazard Atlas of the Lesser Antilles}, Trinidad and Tobago, Seismic Res Unit, Univ West Indies, p 204-217.

Robson G R, Tomblin J, 1966. West Indies. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 20: 1-56.

Roobol M J, Smith A L, Wright J V, 1985. Dispersal and characteristics of pyroclastic fall deposits from Mt. Misery volcano, West Indies. Geol Rundschau, 74: 321-335.

Shepherd J B, 2001. Volcanoes of the eastern Caribbean: past activity and future hazards. Paper presented at the Workshop on Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in the eastern Caribbean, May 28- June 1, 2001, 57 p.

Smithsonian Institution-SEAN, 1975-89. [Monthly event reports]. Bull Scientific Event Alert Network (SEAN), v 1-14.

Mount Liamuiga volcano, comprising the NW end of St. Kitts Island, contains a steep-walled, 1-km-wide summit crater, which contained a shallow lake until 1959. Two lava domes are located on the upper western flank, and intrusion of a 3rd dome, Brimstone Hill, on the lower SW flank uplifted a Pleistocene limestone block. Liamuiga volcano (sometimes referred to as Mount Misery) is the youngest of 3 NW-migrating volcanic centers on St. Kitts. Its most recent major eruptions less than 2000 years ago produced pyroclastic flows and mudflows whose deposits underlie populated coastal areas. Reports of possible historical eruptions in 1692 and 1843 are considered uncertain. An earthquake swarm occurred from late 1988 to early 1989, causing small landslides in the summit crater; another earthquake swarm took place in 1999-2000. Active fumaroles are found in the summit crater of Liamuiga.