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Ischia

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  • Italy
  • Mediterranean and Western Asia
  • Complex
  • 1302 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 40.73°N
  • 13.897°E

  • 789 m
    2588 ft

  • 211030
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

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This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 24 Holocene eruptive periods.

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 ± 1400 years Unknown Confirmed   Potassium-Argon Costa Sparaina
2700 BCE ± 1750 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 ± 2400 years Unknown Confirmed   Potassium-Argon Selva del Napolitano, Piedmonte
Deformation History

There is data available for 1 deformation periods. Expand each entry for additional details.


Deformation during 1990 - 2003 [Subsidence; Observed by Leveling]

Start Date: 1990 Stop Date: 2003 Direction: Subsidence Method: Leveling
Magnitude: Unknown Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown

Remarks: Leveling surveys reveal subsidence of the northern and southern flanks of the Mt. Epomeo resurgent block. The deformation is likely due to crack closure of the hydorthermal system.

Figure (see Caption)

Vertical displacements recorded along the Coastline (blue), Borbonic line (green) and Casamicciola-Chiummano line (black) from 1990 to 2003. Numbers are the benchmarks.

From: Sepe et al. 2007.


Reference List: Sepe et al. 2007.

Full References:

Sepe, V., S. Atzori, and G. Ventura, 2007. Subsidence due to crack closure and depressurization of hydrothermal systems: a case study from Mt. Epomeo (Ischia Island, Italy). Terra Nova, 19, p. 127-132.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Ischia.

Photo Gallery

The Ischia volcanic complex forms a 6 x 9 km island at the western side of the Bay of Naples. The tip of the island of Procida, ENE of Ischia, is visible at the left in this Space Shuttle image. Tectonism has influenced volcanic activity at Ischia, and its high point (the dark-colored area at the center of the island) is a volcanic horst composed of ignimbrite deposits associated with Pleistocene caldera formation. During the Holocene, a series of pumiceous tephras, tuff rings, lava domes, and lava flows were erupted.

NASA Space Shuttle image ISS002-E-8200, 2001 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Yugoslavia
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: Italy, Europe
Year: 1989
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Yugoslavia
Title: Italy, Synthetic Structural-Kinematic Map
Publisher: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Country: Italy
Year: 1989
Map Type: Geophysical (Structural)
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Italy, Synthetic Structural-Kinematic Map
Title: Tirreno Meridionale Carta Bath
Publisher: Istituto Idrografico della Marina
Country: Italy
Year: 1985
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:750,000
Map of Tirreno Meridionale Carta Bath
Publisher: Soviet Ministry
Country: USSR
Year: 1984
Series: B1754
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of
Title: Italia, Carta Tettonica d'
Publisher: CNR
Country: Italy
Year: 1979
Map Type: Geology (Tectonic)
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Italia, Carta Tettonica d'
Title: Isola d'Ischia-Napoli
Publisher: IGM Istituto Geografico Militare
Country: Italy
Year: 1968
Series: M691
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Isola d'Ischia-Napoli
Title: Caserta
Publisher: IGM Istituto Geografico Militare
Country: Italy
Year: 1960
Series: M691
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Caserta
Title: Roma
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Italy
Year: 1960
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Roma
Title: Roma
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Italy
Year: 1959
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Roma
Title: Europe
Publisher: GSGS
Country: Italy
Year: 1952
Series: GSGS4072
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Europe
Title: Italy (South)
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Italy
Year: 1943
Series: AMS
Map Type: Road
Scale: 1:1,500,000
Map of Italy (South)
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 52 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections, and may be availble for research (contact the Rock and Ore Collections Manager). Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description Lava Source Collection Date
NMNH 100087 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 111123-1250 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 111123-1251 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 111123-1252 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 111123-1253 Ciminite Trachyte -- --
NMNH 111123-927 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 111123-938 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 116568-488 Sodalite Trachyte ROTARO --
NMNH 116568-489 Sodalite Trachyte ROTARO --
NMNH 116568-494 Latite MOLARA --
NMNH 35857 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 36282 Hyalo Liparite -- --
NMNH 36320 Sodalite Trachyte -- --
NMNH 36321 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 36323 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 36324 Sodalite Trachyte -- --
NMNH 36325 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 36326 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 38336 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 72994 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 72995 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 72996 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 72997 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 72998 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 91993 Arsoite -- --
NMNH 92000 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99129 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99130 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99131 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99132 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99133 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99134 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99135 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99136 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99137 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99138 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99139 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99140 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99141 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99142 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99143 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99144 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99145 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99146 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99147 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99148 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99149 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99150 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99151 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99152 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99153 Andesine Basalt -- --
NMNH 99154 Andesine Basalt -- --
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