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Chyulu Hills

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  • Kenya
  • Africa and Red Sea
  • Volcanic field
  • 1855 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 2.68°S
  • 37.88°E

  • 2188 m
    7177 ft

  • 222130
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Chyulu Hills.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Chyulu Hills.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Chyulu Hills.

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 2 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1855 ± 5 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Anthropology Shaitani and Chaimu
1470 ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Umani
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Chyulu Hills.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Chyulu Hills.

Photo Gallery

The dark lava flows at the right side of this Landsat image are from vents at the western end of the Chyulu Hills volcanic field. This 100-km-long, NW-SE-trending volcanic field is located 150 km east of the Kenya Rift. Two of the several hundred small cones and flows, Shaitani and Chaimu, erupted during the mid-19th century. Many of the cinder cones are aligned along dominantly NW-trending older faults and younger NNE-trending fissures.

NASA Landsat image, 1999 (courtesy of Hawaii Synergy Project, Univ. of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology).
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: Voi (Administrative Boundaries Overprint)
Publisher: Survey of Kenya
Country: Kenya
Year: 1976
Series: Y503 (SK60)
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Voi (Administrative Boundaries Overprint)
Title: Kibwezi
Publisher: Survey of Kenya
Country: Kenya
Year: 1975
Series: Y503
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Kibwezi
Title: Iltilal
Publisher: Survey of Kenya
Country: Kenya
Year: 1974
Series: Y731
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Iltilal
Title: Mzima Springs
Publisher: Survey of Kenya
Country: Kenya
Year: 1974
Series: SK61
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Mzima Springs
Title: Mohogholo
Publisher: DOS
Country: Kenya-E Af
Year: 1963
Series: Y731
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Mohogholo
Title: Kangetchwa
Publisher: DOS
Country: Kenya-E Af
Year: 1963
Series: Y731
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Kangetchwa
Title: Mombasa-Nairobi
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Africa
Year: 1944
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Mombasa-Nairobi
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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