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Lopevi: attempts at settlement

Attempts at settlement  |  Occasional violent eruptions
A potential threat for nearby islands


The volcano which makes up the island of Lopevi is called Vanei Vollohulu in the local language. It rises to an altitude of 1450m (3500m above the ocean floor), and its crater is about 6 km in diameter. It is one of the most active strato-volcanoes of the Vanuatu island group. Its eruptive behaviour appears to follow a rough cycle of 15 to 20 years, with, oddly, Plinian activity  occurring during the months of June and July (the 1939 event being an exception to this rule).

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