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Mt Misery/Liamuiga, St Kitts

Mt Misery/Liamuiga, St Kitts


Local name: Liamuiga (Mt Misery)
Largest recorded eruption: VEI 4 ~ 1,800 years ago
Last eruption: Unconfirmed eruptions in 1692 and 1843

Liamuiga (local name, Mt Misery) is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles arc. It is the youngest of four volcanic centers on St. Kitts, which were progressively emplaced to the north-west with time. Erupted lavas at Liamuiga are dominated by andesites and dacites. Historic eruptions in 1692 and 1843 are unconfirmed; more recently, earthquake swarms occurred in 1988-1989 and 1999-2000 and active fumaroles are found in the summit crater. Plutonic xenoliths from St Kitts are the subject of an ongoing research project.

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