Zavodovski

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  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 56.3°S
  • 27.57°W

  • 551 m
    1807 ft

  • 390130
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

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Most Recent Weekly Report: 29 June-5 July 2016 Citation IconCite this Report


On 30 March an eruption at Zavodovski was reported and photographed by observers on a fishing vessel, as well as captured by a satellite image. A small ash plume drifted E, producing ashfall on 1/3 to 1/2 of the island. A photo showed bombs being ejected from the crater. One of the world’s largest (if not the largest) penguin colonies resides on the E side of the island and is home to 690,000 breeding pairs. The eruption occurred during molting season in March, when penguins stay ashore. A satellite image captured in May showed an eruption plume coming through the clouds.

Source: Peter Fretwell, British Antarctic Survey, personal communication

Weekly Reports - Index


2016: June


29 June-5 July 2016 Citation IconCite this Report


On 30 March an eruption at Zavodovski was reported and photographed by observers on a fishing vessel, as well as captured by a satellite image. A small ash plume drifted E, producing ashfall on 1/3 to 1/2 of the island. A photo showed bombs being ejected from the crater. One of the world’s largest (if not the largest) penguin colonies resides on the E side of the island and is home to 690,000 breeding pairs. The eruption occurred during molting season in March, when penguins stay ashore. A satellite image captured in May showed an eruption plume coming through the clouds.

Source: Peter Fretwell, British Antarctic Survey, personal communication


The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Zavodovski.

Eruptive History


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


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1908 Nov ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 1  
[ 1830 Sep ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 1  
[ 1823 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 1  
1819 Dec Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations

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Photo Gallery


Steam clouds rise from glacier-clad Mount Curry, the 551-m-high summit of Zavodovski Island in this aerial view from the south. Icebergs lie off the shores of the 5-km-wide island, the most frequently visited and northernmost of the South Sandwich Islands. Two young eruptive fissures extend NE from the summit toward craters located below the icecap on the east flank and were the source of a lava platform extending toward Pungent Point (right).

Photograph by HMS Endurance (courtesy of John Smellie, British Antarctic Survey).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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