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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-12401

Ta’u Island in eastern American Samoa is the exposed portion of the Lata shield volcano, seen in this 29 October 2019 Sentinel-2 satellite image (N is at the top; this image is approximately 13 km across). Smaller cones and craters have formed across the flanks, and a major flank collapse event around 22 ka resulted in the steep scarps on the southern side of the island. Satellite image courtesy of Sentinel Hub Playground, 2018.

Ta’u Island in eastern American Samoa is the exposed portion of the Lata shield volcano, seen in this 29 October 2019 Sentinel-2 satellite image (N is at the top; this image is approximately 13 km across). Smaller cones and craters have formed across the flanks, and a major flank collapse event around 22 ka resulted in the steep scarps on the southern side of the island.

Satellite image courtesy of Sentinel Hub Playground, 2018.

Keywords: island volcano | landslide scarp | flank collapse


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