Tutuila

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  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 14.295°S
  • 170.7°W

  • 653 m
    2142 ft

  • 244020
  • Latitude
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  • Summit
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Eruptive History


There is data available for 1 Holocene eruptive periods.


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0440 ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Radiocarbon (corrected) Cones E of Pava'ia'i Village

Deformation History


There is no Deformation History data available for Tutuila.

Emission History


There is no Emissions History data available for Tutuila.

Photo Gallery


The elongated, 32-km-long island of Tutuila in the center of the Samoan Islands is seen in this Space Shuttle view (with north to the upper right). Five Pliocene-to-Pleistocene volcanoes were constructed along rift zones, and the Pago shield volcano in the center of the island was truncated by an eroded, 9-km-wide caldera that incorporates Pago Pago harbor (right-center). Following a lengthy period of erosion, the Leone tuff cones and cinder cones were erupted during the Holocene across the southernmost portion of the island (left-center).

NASA Space Shuttle image ISS002-701-263, 2001 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
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Rocky cliffs and offshore rocky island mark the rugged coastline of Tutuila Island. The elongated, extensively eroded Tutuila Island in the center of the Samoan Islands consists of five Pliocene-to-Pleistocene volcanoes constructed along two or three rifts trending SSW-NNE. Following a lengthy period of erosion, submergence, and the construction of a barrier reef, the Leone volcanics were erupted during the Holocene along a 5-km-long N-S-trending fissure, forming a group of cinder cones that produced fresh-looking pahoehoe lava flows.

Photo by Tavita Togia, 2004 (U. S. National Park Service).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


The following 10 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 99715 Basalt -- --
NMNH 99716 Basalt -- --
NMNH 99717 Basalt -- --
NMNH 99718 Basalt -- --
NMNH 99719 Quartz Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99720 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99721 Trachyte -- --
NMNH 99722 Basalt -- --
NMNH 99723 Olivine Gabbro -- --
NMNH 99724 Trachyandesite -- --

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