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Saba

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  • Netherlands
  • West Indies
  • Stratovolcano
  • 1640 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 17.63°N
  • 63.23°W

  • 887 m
    2910 ft

  • 360010
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

Most Recent Bulletin Report: May 1992 (BGVN 17:05) Citation IconCite this Report

Seismic swarm

A high-frequency seismic swarm began at the volcano on 4 June, peaking on 10-11 June, and centered along a roughly NE-SW zone 20 km long (figure 1). Of the numerous earthquakes recorded by the regional seismic network (most stations are E or S of the island), 12 were locatable. These events were concentrated at ~8 km depth (1-65 km depth range) and had magnitudes between 2.9 and 4.4 (the largest, at 27 km depth, was recorded at 0148 on 11 June). Several earthquakes were felt by island residents, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. On 13 June, a portable 3-component seismograph was installed on the island, previously uninstrumented, to supplement the regional seismic network, but activity declined, and only two additional events had been located as of 16 June.

Figure (see Caption) Figure 1. Epicenter map of 12 earthquakes near Saba, 4-16 June 1992. Courtesy of the Seismic Research Unit, UWI.

Information Contacts: L. Lynch, UWI; A. Smith, Univ of Puerto Rico.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Saba.

Bulletin Reports - Index

Reports are organized chronologically and indexed below by Month/Year (Publication Volume:Number), and include a one-line summary. Click on the index link or scroll down to read the reports.

05/1992 (BGVN 17:05) Seismic swarm




Information is preliminary and subject to change. All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


May 1992 (BGVN 17:05) Citation IconCite this Report

Seismic swarm

A high-frequency seismic swarm began at the volcano on 4 June, peaking on 10-11 June, and centered along a roughly NE-SW zone 20 km long (figure 1). Of the numerous earthquakes recorded by the regional seismic network (most stations are E or S of the island), 12 were locatable. These events were concentrated at ~8 km depth (1-65 km depth range) and had magnitudes between 2.9 and 4.4 (the largest, at 27 km depth, was recorded at 0148 on 11 June). Several earthquakes were felt by island residents, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. On 13 June, a portable 3-component seismograph was installed on the island, previously uninstrumented, to supplement the regional seismic network, but activity declined, and only two additional events had been located as of 16 June.

Figure (see Caption) Figure 1. Epicenter map of 12 earthquakes near Saba, 4-16 June 1992. Courtesy of the Seismic Research Unit, UWI.

Information Contacts: L. Lynch, UWI; A. Smith, Univ of Puerto Rico.

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 1 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1640 (in or before) Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations SW flank
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Saba.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Saba.

Photo Gallery

Mt. Scenery, the summit lava dome of Saba volcano, is seen from the airport on the NE side of the island. The sun-dappled slopes in the foreground are the surface of a large andesitic lava flow that descends the NE flank of the volcano and forms the Flat Point Peninsula, on which the airport was constructed. A steep switch-backed road extends from the airport to the village of Lower Hells Gate (center). Saba is the northernmost active volcano of the West Indies.

Photo by John Shepherd, 2000 (Seismic Research Unit, University of West Indies).
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: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Repub, Greater and Lesser Antilles
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: W Indies
Year: 1988
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Repub, Greater and Lesser Antilles

Title: West Indies: The Making of America
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Country: W Indies
Year: 1987
Series: National Geographic
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:4,395
Map of West Indies: The Making of America

Title: Bath of Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea
Publisher: AAPG, Williams & Heintz Map Corp.
Country: US/ C.Am/ S.Am
Year: 1984
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:3,289
Map of Bath of Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea

Title: Bathymetry: E Caribbean
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Bathymetry: E Caribbean

Title: Total Geomag Field Intensity: E Caribbean
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Total Geomag Field Intensity: E Caribbean

Title: Structural Fabric: E Caribbean
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Geophysical (Structural)
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Structural Fabric: E Caribbean

Title: Struc Contour Map of Deepest Acoustic Reflector
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Struc Contour Map of Deepest Acoustic Reflector

Title: Sediment Thickness to Deepest Acoustic Reflector
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Sediment Thickness to Deepest Acoustic Reflector

Title: Venezuela Basin: Sed Thickness to Top of Horizon A
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Venezuela Basin: Sed Thickness to Top of Horizon A

Title: Venezuela Basin: Sed Thickness Top of A-Top of B
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Venezuela Basin: Sed Thickness Top of A-Top of B

Title: (A) Track Control: E Caribbean
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of (A) Track Control: E Caribbean

Title: (B) Track Control: E Caribbean
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of (B) Track Control: E Caribbean

Title: (C) Track Control: E Caribbean
Publisher: Department of the Navy
Country: W Indies
Year: 1976
Series: Geophys Maps of Car
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of (C) Track Control: E Caribbean
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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