West Eifel Volcano | John Seach

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Germany

50.17 N, 6.85 E
summit elevation 600 m
Maars

West Eifel volcano is located in the Rhineland district of western Germany SW of the city of Bonn. The volcano contains ash cones, lava domes, and explosion craters. Laacher see is the youngest eruptive centre of the west Eifel volcanonic field. A total of 103 volcanoes have been mapped in the volcanic field, with eruptions begining about 650,000 years ago.

West Eifel volcano is considered potentially active. Hensch et al. 2019 indicated deep low-frequency (DLF) microearthquakes occurred between 10 and 40 km depth. This indicates possible magma under the volcano.

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Gemunden maar, West Eifel volcano, Germany

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Weinfelder Maar, West Eifel volcano, Germany

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Schalkenmehrener Maar, West Eifel volcano, Germany

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Schalkenmehrener Maar, West Eifel volcano, Germany

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Ulmener Maar, Germany

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Ulmener Maar, Germany

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Laacher see, Germany

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Maria Laach, Laacher See, Germany

The eruption at Laacher See 10,900 years ago was a similar size to Pinatubo eruption (Philippines) in 1991, with 20 cubic km magma erupted (Schmincke et al. 1999).

West Eifel Volcano Eruptions

The most recent eruptions of West Eifel Volcano were 12,900 years ago.

References
Hensch et al., Geophys. J. Int. (2019) 216, 2025–2036.
Schmincke et al., Quat. Int. 61 (1999) 61-72.