Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-00822
A 2.6-m-thick section at the airport on Neira Island (4.5 km from Banda Api volcano) shows 14 different tephra layers. The uppermost layer originated during an eruption in 1820, when the village was evacuated due to heavy ashfall. The section shows several layers of coarser, lighter-colored pumice and lapilli produced during more vigorous plinian eruptions than occurred in 1988.
Photo by Tom Casadevall, 1988 (U.S. Geological Survey).