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  • Tanzania
  • Africa and Red Sea
  • Stratovolcano
  • 1250 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 9.135°S
  • 33.668°E

  • 2953 m
    9688 ft

  • 222166
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 3 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1250 ± 40 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Kizungu Tephra
0050 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (corrected) Isongole Pumice
2050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 5 Tephrochronology Rungwe Pumice
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Rungwe.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Rungwe.

Photo Gallery

The summit of Rungwe is seen from WNW with the scarp resulting from edifice collapse in the background. At the left-center is a cone breached by a lava flow towards the S to SW (right). Rungwe volcano is the largest in the Karonga basin NW of Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa) and is capped by a 4-km-wide caldera that is breached to the west. The caldera is largely filled by a series of youthful-looking uneroded and sparsely vegetated pumice cones, lava domes, and explosion craters.

Photo by Karen Fontijn, 2008 (University of Ghent).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

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Title: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: Africa-E
Year: 1986
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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