Fatumiala

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Fatumiala
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 16°51′41″S168°30′30″E / 16.86139°S 168.50833°E / -16.86139; 168.50833 Coordinates: 16°51′41″S168°30′30″E / 16.86139°S 168.50833°E / -16.86139; 168.50833
Archipelago Vanuatu
Highest elevation15 m (49 ft)
Administration
Province Shefa Province
Demographics
Population0 (2015)

Fatumiala (or Sail Rock) is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, a part of the Shefa Province of Vanuatu.

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Geography

Sail Rock is located north-west of the island of Tongoa, between the latter and Epi. The islet has an elevation of 15 m above the sea level.

Geology

Fatumiala and the other islands scattered around Tongoa (Laika, Tefala) were once part of a larger landmass, which constituted the emerged part of the Kuwae submarine volcano and which united Tongoa with Epi. The volcano's caldera exploded around 1452, creating small islands. [1] [2]

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References

  1. Smithsonian Institution - Global Volcanism Program Kuwae
  2. C. Robin, M. Monzier, A. J. Crawford e S. M. Eggins, The Geology, Volcanology, Petrology...of the New Hebrides Island Arc, Vanuatu, Canberra, settembre 1993, pp.58-67