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Report on Kerinci (Indonesia) — March 1987

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 3 (March 1987)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Kerinci (Indonesia) Fumarolic emissions containing SO2 from crater floor

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1987. Report on Kerinci (Indonesia). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 12:3. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198703-261170.

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Kerinci

Indonesia

1.697°S, 101.264°E; summit elev. 3800 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


Kerinci . . . was visited by a team of climbers 28-29 March. A white plume containing SO2 was continuously emitted from numerous fumaroles on the crater floor, 400 m below the summit.

Geologic Background. Gunung Kerinci in central Sumatra forms Indonesia's highest volcano and is one of the most active in Sumatra. It is capped by an unvegetated young summit cone that was constructed NE of an older crater remnant. There is a deep 600-m-wide summit crater often partially filled by a small crater lake that lies on the NE crater floor, opposite the SW-rim summit. The massive 13 x 25 km wide volcano towers 2400-3300 m above surrounding plains and is elongated in a N-S direction. Frequently active, Kerinci has been the source of numerous moderate explosive eruptions since its first recorded eruption in 1838.

Information Contacts: T. Casadevall and A. Wight, USGS Bandung.