Mount Asphyxia

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Mount Asphyxia
Mount Curry
Zavodovski Island oblique.jpg
Highest point
Elevation551 m (1,808 ft)
Coordinates56°18′S 27°34′W / 56.300°S 27.567°W / -56.300; -27.567Coordinates: 56°18′S 27°34′W / 56.300°S 27.567°W / -56.300; -27.567[1]
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption2014

Mount Asphyxia, also known as Mount Curry,[2] is a prominent volcanic cone reaching to 550 metres (1,800 ft), forming the summit of Zavodovski Island, northernmost of the South Sandwich Islands.[3]


One of the names of the volcano refers to the suffocating fumes experienced on the island; volcanic fumes spew from the mountain and to this is added the stench of penguin guano. The fumes can indeed suffocate a visitor to the island.[4] These qualities have given names to a number of Zavodovski Island's other features.[5]

The volcano erupted in March 2016; by July, between one third and one half of the island was covered in ash, putting the penguin colonies at risk.[6]

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  1. ^ Google Earth
  2. ^ Siebert L, Simkin T (2002-). Volcanoes of the World: an Illustrated Catalog of Holocene Volcanoes and their Eruptions. Smithsonian Institution, Global Volcanism Program Digital Information Series, GVP-3.
  3. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Mount Asphyxia" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).  Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Erupting volcanos are threatening one of the world's largest penguin colonies
  5. ^ "Stench Point". Mapcarta. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Penguins on world's smelliest island in danger as volcano erupts, covering them in ash". Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

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