Pagan is a stratovolcano in the Mariana Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. It is nearly 1,300 miles (2,000 km) south-southeast of Tokyo. The largest of 19 historic eruptions was at North Pagan in 1981 ( VEI =4). The height of the eruption column was 18-20 km. Lava flowed down the northeast, northwest, and southwest flanks of the volcano (map). Fifty-three residents were evacuated without serious injury. Subsequent eruptions in 1987, 1988, 1992, and 1993 were less explosive. This Space Shuttle photograph (no 51B-146-030) shows the plume extending more than 60 miles (100 km) to the south-southwest.
Looking south to the island of Pagan. Photograph by Frank Trusdell, U.S. Geological Survey, April 30, 1994.
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