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Reply to comment on: “The c.2030 yr BP Plinian eruption of El Misti volcano, Peru: Eruption dynamics and hazard implications. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 241–242, 105–120.” by Harpel et al., JVGR 2013

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Cobeñas, Gisela
Thouret, Jean-Claude
Boivin, Pierre
Published in Journal of volcanology and geothermal research. 2014, vol. 275, p. 103-113
Abstract The comment provided by Harpel et al. challenges our interpretation of the most recent Plinian eruption of El Misti c.2070 yr BP* situated near the city of Arequipa, Peru (*revised age from our previously stated date of c.2030 BP). In our view, the sequence of deposits points to another example of a Plinian (pumice-rich) tephra fall followed by lithic-rich pyroclastic density currents (PDCs). Locally, late rockslide avalanches have emplaced mass-flow deposits on top of PDCs,while elsewhere post-eruption lahars have led to their remobilization. One of the main criticisms fromHarpel et al. was in our interpretation of the deposits as being of PDC origin, rather than post-eruption lahars.Werevise each of the diagnostic features that Harpel et al. have used for attributing the deposits to lahars. We present two tables of the revised age of the eruption and criteria based on lithofacies, lithological components, grain-size distribution and statistical indices for each of the c.2070 yr BP-old PDC, lahar and mass-flow deposits. Our maps and simulations of PDCs and lahars, based on two numerical codes with volume inputs from identified deposits around El Misti, do not “fall short” of the hazard assessment goal.
Keywords Misti volcanoPlinian eruptionPyroclastic flowsLaharsDeposits
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Note Reply to comment on: “Cobeñas, G., Thouret, J.-C., Bonadonna, C., Boivin, P., 2012. The c.2030 yr BP Plinian eruption of El Misti volcano, Peru: Eruption dynamics and hazard implications. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 241–242, 105–120.” by Harpel et al., JVGR 2013
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COBEÑAS, Gisela et al. Reply to comment on: “The c.2030 yr BP Plinian eruption of El Misti volcano, Peru: Eruption dynamics and hazard implications. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 241–242, 105–120.” by Harpel et al., JVGR 2013. In: Journal of volcanology and geothermal research, 2014, vol. 275, p. 103-113. doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2014.02.014 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:39474

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