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  • Kenya
  • Africa and Red Sea
  • Shield
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 1.151°S
  • 36.357°E

  • 2356 m
    7728 ft

  • 222110
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Suswa.

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Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Suswa. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Suswa page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

Deformation History

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

Deformation during 1997 - 2000 [Subsidence; Observed by InSAR]

Start Date: 1997 Stop Date: 2000 Direction: Subsidence Method: InSAR
Magnitude: 5.000 cm Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown
Figure (see Caption)

Suswa in 1997?2000. Each fringe (blue-red cycle) represents 2.8 cm of displacement in the satellite line of sight.

From: Biggs et al. 2009a.

Reference List: Biggs et al. 2009a.

Full References:

Biggs J, Amelung F, Gourmelen N, Dixon T, 2009. InSAR Observations of 2007 Tanzania Rifting Episode Reveals Mixed Fault and Dyke Extension in an Immature Continental Rift. Geophysical Journal International.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Suswa.

Photo Gallery

The central caldera of Suswa, the southernmost caldera of the Kenya rift, contains an unusual 5-km-wide circular graben that isolates a tilted island block of caldera-floor lava flows. Construction of an early shield volcano was followed by eruption of voluminous pumice flows and lava flows that accompanied formation of the caldera. The latest eruptions of Suswa have originated from parasitic vents that have issued still-unvegetated lava flows that may be only a century or so old. North is to the top in this NASA Landsat image.

NASA Landsat7 image (
See title for photo information.
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Suswa in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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