Report on Bulusan (Philippines) — 13 April-19 April 2011
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 13 April-19 April 2011
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2011. Report on Bulusan (Philippines). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 13 April-19 April 2011. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
12.769°N, 124.056°E; summit elev. 1535 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
During 12-19 April, PHIVOLCS reported that up to six daily volcanic earthquakes at Bulusan were detected by the seismic network. Although cloud cover mostly prevented observations of the summit area, steam was observed rising from NW and SE thermal vents during 15 and 17-18 April. Based on notices from the Manila airport (RPLL) and reports from PHIVOLCS, the Tokyo VAAC reported that ash was observed on 13 and 15 April.
Geologic Background. Luzon's southernmost volcano, Bulusan, was constructed along the rim of the 11-km-diameter dacitic-to-rhyolitic Irosin caldera, which was formed about 36,000 years ago. It lies at the SE end of the Bicol volcanic arc occupying the peninsula of the same name that forms the elongated SE tip of Luzon. A broad, flat moat is located below the topographically prominent SW rim of Irosin caldera; the NE rim is buried by the andesitic complex. Bulusan is flanked by several other large intracaldera lava domes and cones, including the prominent Mount Jormajan lava dome on the SW flank and Sharp Peak to the NE. The summit is unvegetated and contains a 300-m-wide, 50-m-deep crater. Three small craters are located on the SE flank. Many moderate explosive eruptions have been recorded since the mid-19th century.