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  • Papua New Guinea
  • Melanesia and Australia
  • Caldera
  • 4946 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 4.12°S
  • 152.2°E

  • 200 m
    656 ft

  • 252150
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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Eruptive History

There is data available for 1 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
4946 BCE ± 40 years Unknown Confirmed 5 Radiocarbon (corrected) Raluan Ignimbrite
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Tavui.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Tavui.

Photo Gallery

The mostly submarine Tavui caldera at the NE end of New Britain lies off the tip of the Gazelle Peninsula. The SW wall of the roughly 10 x 12 km wide caldera, its margins crudely shown on this image, cuts the NE tip of the peninsula. Tavui caldera, much less known than Rabaul caldera to the S, was first discovered during a bathymetric cruise in 1985. Light ash-covered areas from the 1994 Rabaul eruption can be seen at the western and NE margins of Rabaul caldera in this 1999 NASA Space Shuttle image.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS103-733-52, 1999 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: Rabaul
Publisher: PNG Topographic Survey
Country: PNG
Year: 1986
Series: T601
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Rabaul

Title: Sol-I Region, Topo of the
Publisher: USGS-CCOP/SOPAC S. Pacific Project
Country: Solomon Is
Year: 1983
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:1,800,000
Map of Sol-I Region, Topo of the
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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