Rungwe

Photo of this volcano
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 9.135°S
  • 33.668°E

  • 2953 m
    9686 ft

  • 222166
  • Latitude
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  • Summit
    Elevation

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Eruptive History


Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1250 ± 40 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Kizungu Tephra
0050 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (corrected) Isongole Pumice
2050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 5 Tephrochronology Rungwe Pumice

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Photo Gallery


The summit of Rungwe volcano is seen from WNW with the scarp resulting from edifice collapse in the background. At the the left-center is a cone breached by a lava flow towards the S to SW (right). Rungwe volcano is the largest in the Karonga basin NW of Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) and is capped by a 4-km-wide caldera that is breached to the west. The trachytic caldera is largely filled by a series of youthful-looking uneroded and sparsely vegetated pumice cones, lava domes, and explosion craters.

Photo by Karen Fontijn, 2008 (University of Gent).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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