Sakar

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  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 5.414°S
  • 148.094°E

  • 992 m
    3254 ft

  • 251080
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Most Recent Weekly Report: 16 September-22 September 2009 Citation IconCite this Report


Based on analyses of satellite imagery, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 18 September a possible diffuse ash plume from Sakar rose to an altitude of 1.8 km (6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 165 km NW. Four hours later images showed that the volcano was clear; the plume may have been smoke from a fire or steam. RVO was unable to confirm that an eruption had or had not occurred. [Note: The Darwin VAAC later confirmed that an eruption did not occur.]

Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)

Weekly Reports - Index


2009: September


16 September-22 September 2009 Citation IconCite this Report


Based on analyses of satellite imagery, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 18 September a possible diffuse ash plume from Sakar rose to an altitude of 1.8 km (6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 165 km NW. Four hours later images showed that the volcano was clear; the plume may have been smoke from a fire or steam. RVO was unable to confirm that an eruption had or had not occurred. [Note: The Darwin VAAC later confirmed that an eruption did not occur.]

Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)


The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Sakar.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Sakar. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Sakar page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Photo Gallery


The small circular island at the top-center is Sakar, the NE-most of a chain of volcanic islands off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. The 8 x 10 km wide island, seen in this Space Shuttle image with north to the upper left, is an incised stratovolcano with a summit crater lake. No historical eruptions are known from Sakar, but a pyroclastic cone on the southern flank of the volcano may be of Holocene age. The 50-km-wide island of Umboi, whose left side is cut by a large caldera breached to the NE, fills the center of the image.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS50-100-D, 1992 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Sakar in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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