|Elevation||180 m (590 ft) |
|Listing||List of volcanoes in Tonga|
|Last eruption||June 1957|
Fonualei is an uninhabited 5 km2 volcanic island close to Vavaʻu in the kingdom of Tonga. It was seen by Don Francisco Mourelle de la Rua on the La Princesa on 26 February 1781. He reported the island to be barren from eruptions, and called it for that reason Amargura (Bitterness in Spanish).
A major eruption in 1846, starting 11 June, destroyed much of the vegetation of Vavaʻu and spread ash around for at least a year. Some sources claim that three other neighbouring volcanoes, Late, Tokū and another, erupted at the same time. This is probably a mistake by passing ships who misidentified the erupting island.
The closest island to Fonualei is Tokū 19.7 km to the southeast.
- D. Gerstle; Gentle people, into the heart of Vavaʻu 1781-1973; Tofua press 1973
- Dirk HR Spennemann, The June 1846 Eruption of Fonualei Volcano, Tonga. An Historical Analysis. The Johnstone Centre. Report Nº 196.
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