Volcanic earthquake swarms at Mt. Erebus, Antarctica

Katsutada Kaminuma, Sadato Ueki, Kienle Juergen

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Mount Erebus is an active volcano in Antarctica located on Ross Island. A convecting lava lake occupies the summit crater of Mt. Erebus. Since December 1980 the seismic activity of Mt. Erebus has been continuously monitored using a radio-telemetered network of six seismic stations. The seismic activity observed by the Ross Island network during the 1982-1983 field season shows that: (1)Strombolian eruptions occur frequently at the Erebus summit lava lake at rates of 2-5 per day; (2)centrally located earthquakes map out a nearly vertical, narrow conduit system beneath the lava lake; (3)there are other source regions of seismicity on Ross Island, well removed from Mt. Erebus proper. An intense earthquake swarm recorded in October 1982 near Abbott Peak, 10 km northwest of the summit of Mt. Erebus, and volcanic tremor accompanying the swarm, may have been associated with new dike emplacement at depth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-369
Number of pages13
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1985 Apr 20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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