Report on Karangetang (Indonesia) — 2 February-8 February 2005
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 2 February-8 February 2005
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2005. Report on Karangetang (Indonesia). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 2 February-8 February 2005. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
2.781°N, 125.407°E; summit elev. 1797 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Lava avalanches from the fronts of lava flows occurred at Karangetang during 26 January to at least 30 January. The avalanches traveled towards several rivers; Beha Barat (750-1,200 m), Batu Awan (750-2,200 m), and Kahetang (1750 m). Karangetang was at Alert Level 3 (on a scale of 1-4).
Geologic Background. Karangetang (Api Siau) volcano lies at the northern end of the island of Siau, about 125 km NNE of the NE-most point of Sulawesi island. The stratovolcano contains five summit craters along a N-S line. It is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, with more than 40 eruptions recorded since 1675 and many additional small eruptions that were not documented in the historical record (Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World: Neumann van Padang, 1951). Twentieth-century eruptions have included frequent explosive activity sometimes accompanied by pyroclastic flows and lahars. Lava dome growth has occurred in the summit craters; collapse of lava flow fronts have produced pyroclastic flows.