Matavanu erupting, 1906
|Elevation||575 m (1,886 ft) |
|Location||Savai'i Island in Samoa|
|Last eruption||1905 - 1911|
The eruptions began 4 August 1905 and stopped in November 1911. The lava flowed over 40 square miles (100 km2) of countryside to the lagoon and reef, destroying villages in its path between Samalae'ulu to the east and Saleaula to the west. The depth of the lava flow in some parts was 400 feet.
Due to the destruction of their homes by the seaside, some of the villages relocated further inland by the main island road.
There are church ruins as well a 'Virgin's Grave', the burial place of a girl where the molten lava flowed around rather than over it.
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