Report on Lopevi (Vanuatu) — January 2006
Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 31, no. 1 (January 2006)
Managing Editor: Richard Wunderman.
Lopevi (Vanuatu) Correction to previously published MODIS hotspot data
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2006. Report on Lopevi (Vanuatu). In: Wunderman, R. (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 31:1. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN200601-257050.
16.507°S, 168.346°E; summit elev. 1413 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
An error occurred in the March 2005 issue of BGVN (30:03). The table [now deleted online] had listed MODVOLC thermal anomalies, but it mistakenly included those for both Lopevi and Ambrym. The corrected table for Lopevi thermal anomalies only is provided here (table 1).
|Date||Time (UTC)||Sensor||Spectral radiance|
|28 Sep 2004||1410||Aqua||0.937|
|28 Sep 2004||1410||Aqua||1.052|
|30 Jan 2005||1130||Terra||0.710|
|05 Feb 2005||1355||Aqua||0.983|
|05 Feb 2005||1355||Aqua||1.426|
Geologic Background. The small 7-km-wide conical island of Lopevi, known locally as Vanei Vollohulu, is one of Vanuatu's most active volcanoes. A small summit crater containing a cinder cone is breached to the NW and tops an older cone that is rimmed by the remnant of a larger crater. The basaltic-to-andesitic volcano has been active during historical time at both summit and flank vents, primarily along a NW-SE-trending fissure that cuts across the island, producing moderate explosive eruptions and lava flows that reached the coast. Historical eruptions at the 1413-m-high volcano date back to the mid-19th century. The island was evacuated following major eruptions in 1939 and 1960. The latter eruption, from a NW-flank fissure vent, produced a pyroclastic flow that swept to the sea and a lava flow that formed a new peninsula on the western coast.
Information Contacts: MODVOLC Alerts Team, Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), University of Hawaii and Manoa, 168 East-West Road, Post 602, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA (URL: http://modis.higp.hawaii.edu/).