Report on Soputan (Indonesia) — November 1991

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 16, no. 11 (November 1991)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Soputan (Indonesia) Incandescent ejecta; tremor

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1991. Report on Soputan (Indonesia). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 16:11. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199111-266030.

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Soputan

Indonesia

1.112°N, 124.737°E; summit elev. 1785 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


Nine episodes of volcanic tremor, lasting ~2 minutes each, and two A-type earthquakes were recorded 26-27 November. Night glow suggested that lava had been newly extruded into the crater. Similar activity occurred on 12 October. The press reported incandescent tephra ejection and an apparent lava flow on 9 December.

Geologic Background. The Soputan stratovolcano on the southern rim of the Quaternary Tondano caldera on the northern arm of Sulawesi Island is one of Sulawesi's most active volcanoes. The youthful, largely unvegetated volcano rises to 1784 m and is located SW of Riendengan-Sempu, which some workers have included with Soputan and Manimporok (3.5 km ESE) as a volcanic complex. It was constructed at the southern end of a SSW-NNE trending line of vents. During historical time the locus of eruptions has included both the summit crater and Aeseput, a prominent NE-flank vent that formed in 1906 and was the source of intermittent major lava flows until 1924.

Information Contacts: VSI; UPI.