Story: Volcanoes

Raoul Island caldera

Raoul Island caldera

Raoul Island, the northernmost of the Kermadec Islands, is an active volcano which last erupted in 2006. This watercolour of part of the caldera was painted by J. Glen Wilson in 1854, when HMS Herald visited the island. Blue Lake (foreground) fills an explosion crater. The small cone on the right side of the lake was erupted about 1650 AD. It was later partly destroyed by an explosive eruption in 1879. The 1964 and 2006 eruptions also came from this vent.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Wilson Collection
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Watercolour by James Glen Wilson

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How to cite this page:

Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, 'Volcanoes - Caldera volcanoes and the Taupō Volcanic Zone', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, published 12 Jun 2006