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

  • Volcano

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

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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 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.

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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