Matavanu erupting, 1906
|Elevation||575 m (1,886 ft)|
|Coordinates||13°32′S 172°24′W / 13.533°S 172.400°WCoordinates: 13°32′S 172°24′W / 13.533°S 172.400°W|
Location in Samoa
|Location||Savai'i Island in Samoa|
|Last eruption||1905 - 1911|
The most recent eruptions from Matavanu occurred between 1905 - 1911 with lava flows on its northern side flowing towards the island's coastline and into the sea in the district of Gaga'emauga.
The eruptions began 4 August 1905 and stopped in November 1911. The lava flowed over 40 square miles (100 km2) of countryside to the lagoon and reef, destroying villages in its path between Samalae'ulu to the east and Saleaula to the west. The depth of the lava flow in some parts was 400 feet.
Due to the destruction of their homes by the seaside, some of the villages relocated further inland by the main island road.
- Topographical map of the Savai'i - published 1910, shewing the lava fields since 1905
- Matavanu lava flowing into the ocean along the coast and sending plumes of smoke skywards, 1905
- Eruption, 1905
- A church damaged by lava, 1905
- Lava fields on Savai'i, 2009
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