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  • Italy
  • Mediterranean and Western Asia
  • Shield
  • 1891 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 36.77°N
  • 12.02°E

  • 836 m
    2742 ft

  • 211071
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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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 9 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1891 Dec ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     South of Pantelleria
1891 Oct 17 1891 Oct 25 Confirmed 1 Historical Observations Foerstner (4 km NNW of Pantelleria)
[ 1831 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Off the northern coast
1080 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Hingeline vent system
4430 BCE ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Cuddia Randazzo
4550 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Magnetism Serra della Fastuca
5610 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Punta Tracino
6130 BCE ± 75 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Cuddia Patite ?
7050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Potassium-Argon Cuddia di Mida, Valenza
Deformation History

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

Deformation during 1995 Aug 15 - 1999 Mar 02 [Subsidence; Observed by InSAR]

Start Date: 1995 Aug 15 Stop Date: 1999 Mar 02 Direction: Subsidence Method: InSAR
Magnitude: 7.000 cm Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown

Remarks: Subsidence of the main caldera of Pantelleria was observed using various methods, including EDM, leveling, GPS, and InSAR.

Figure (see Caption)

Phase interferograms. (a) ERS-2 descending pair 15 August 1995 to 2 March 1999, and (b) descending pair 8 September 1998 to 2 March 1999.

From: Mattia et al. 2007.

Reference List: Mattia et al. 2007.

Full References:

Mattia, M., A. Bonaccorso, and F. Guglielmino, 2007. Ground deformations in the island of Pantelleria (Italy): Insights into the dynamic of the current intereruptive period. J. Geophys. Res., 112, B11406.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Pantelleria.

Photo Gallery

The 15-km-long island of Pantelleria is constructed above a drowned continental rift in the Strait of Sicily. Part of the mostly buried arcuate rims of two large Pleistocene calderas are seen in this NASA Landsat image (with north to the top). The SE rims of the calderas form the two dark-colored lines at the lower right part of the island, below and to the right of the forested Monte Grande and Monte Gibele shield volcanoes. Monte Gibele, with its circular summit crater, was constructed in the southern part of the younger Cinque Denti caldera.

NASA Landsat7 image (
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 1 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 117585-4 Ash -- --
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