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Traitor's Head

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  • Vanuatu
  • Melanesia and Australia
  • Stratovolcano
  • 1881 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 18.754°S
  • 169.238°E

  • 817 m
    2680 ft

  • 257090
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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Eruptive History

There is data available for 2 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1959 Jul 2 ± 182 days ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Four submarine vents N of Erromango
1881 Unknown Confirmed 0 Historical Observations NE flank submarine vent
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Traitor's Head.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Traitor's Head.

Photo Gallery

The rectangular peninsula at the top of this Space Shuttle image of Erromango Island with north approximately to the left is the Traitor's Head Peninsula. It lies north of Cook Bay, named for Captain Cook, who actually landed at Polenia Bay on the other side of the peninsula. Three Holocene volcanic cones at Traitor's Head are the youngest on the 50-km-long island. The volcanoes initially formed an offshore island that was later joined to the mainland by uplift. The only historical activity at Erromango was a submarine vent that erupted in 1881.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS68-220-4, 1994 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

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Title: Vanuatu, SW Pacific, Oblique Map of Republic of
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: New Hebrides
Year: 1982
Series: OFR
Map Type: Physiographic
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Vanuatu, SW Pacific, Oblique Map of Republic of

Title: New Caledonia, Vanuatu
Publisher: DMA & Ministry of Defence (HMSO), UK
Country: Vanuatu, N Caledonia
Year: 1982
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of New Caledonia, Vanuatu

Title: (S) Nouvelles-Hebrides, Archipel des,
Publisher: IGN-France
Country: New Hebrides
Year: 1976
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of (S) Nouvelles-Hebrides, Archipel des,

Title: Geology of Erromango
Publisher: British Ministry of Overseas Development (DOS)
Country: Vanuatu
Year: 1974
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Geology of Erromango
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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