Patah

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  • Indonesia
  • Indonesia
  • Stratovolcano?
  • Unknown - Unrest / Holocene
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  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 4.27°S
  • 103.3°E

  • 2817 m
    9240 ft

  • 261231
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Most Recent Bulletin Report: September 1989 (SEAN 14:09) Citation IconCite this Report


Photos and more precise location

Savill's photograph (figure 1) shows a fresh-appearing feature emitting two small gas plumes in an otherwise heavily forested area. Careful comparison of his panoramic view of the region (figure 2) with maps at scales of 1:250,000 (Manna quadrangle, BAKOSURTANAL, 1986) and 1:500,000 (Tactical Pilotage Chart M-10CG, British Military Survey, 1971) places the crater ~8 km WNW of the position given in 14:5. Map data indicate that vent's revised position is at ~2,300 m altitude, roughly 6 km SSE of the summit of Gunung Patah (Zen, 1973). Savill reports that clouds have prevented observations of the vent during subsequent overflights.

Figure (see Caption) Figure 1. Oblique airphoto taken 1 May 1989 showing an apparent new vent in S Sumatra SE of Patah. A pair of gas plumes emerge from the bottom of the feature, which he estimated to be about 150 m across. A light-colored unvegetated zone appears to extend just over the vent rim and a short distance down a narrow valley that drains the lowest portion of the vent. Photograph by Michael Savill.
Figure (see Caption) Figure 2. Panoramic oblique airphoto taken 1 May 1989. Annotations show the photo's orientation, the approximate location of the vent SE of Patah, and Dempo volcano, a prominent cone roughly 40 km to the NW. Photograph by Michael Savill.

Information Contacts: M. Savill, Worthing, UK.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Patah.

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05/1989 (SEAN 14:05) Overflight shows gas emission from 150-m crater

09/1989 (SEAN 14:09) Photos and more precise location




Information is preliminary and subject to change. All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


May 1989 (SEAN 14:05) Citation IconCite this Report


Overflight shows gas emission from 150-m crater

On 1 May, M.S. Savill, pilot of a British cargo aircraft, photographed an apparent new crater in rugged, heavily forested terrain at ~2,500 m altitude [around 4.30°S, 103.32°E, ~6 km SE of Patah]. The crater was described as a smoking feature ~150 m across on a ridge that is usually obscured by clouds. There was no evidence of a lava flow. VSI reported no observations of activity in the area.

The reported location of the new vent is ~7 km W of Bukit Ringgit II (Zen, 1973), and ~25 km W of Marga Bayur, which had a small phreatic eruption in 1940 [but see 14:9]. Dempo, ~45 km to the NW, has erupted more than 20 times since the early 19th century. The Tanjung Sakti hot springs and fumarole fields, on the S flank ~10 km from Dempo's summit, include six hot/boiling springs that emit white fume at temperatures ranging from 95°C to boiling.

References. Zen, M.T., 1973, IAVCEI Data Sheets of the Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World.

Information Contacts: I. Gass, Open Univ; VSI.


September 1989 (SEAN 14:09) Citation IconCite this Report


Photos and more precise location

Savill's photograph (figure 1) shows a fresh-appearing feature emitting two small gas plumes in an otherwise heavily forested area. Careful comparison of his panoramic view of the region (figure 2) with maps at scales of 1:250,000 (Manna quadrangle, BAKOSURTANAL, 1986) and 1:500,000 (Tactical Pilotage Chart M-10CG, British Military Survey, 1971) places the crater ~8 km WNW of the position given in 14:5. Map data indicate that vent's revised position is at ~2,300 m altitude, roughly 6 km SSE of the summit of Gunung Patah (Zen, 1973). Savill reports that clouds have prevented observations of the vent during subsequent overflights.

Figure (see Caption) Figure 1. Oblique airphoto taken 1 May 1989 showing an apparent new vent in S Sumatra SE of Patah. A pair of gas plumes emerge from the bottom of the feature, which he estimated to be about 150 m across. A light-colored unvegetated zone appears to extend just over the vent rim and a short distance down a narrow valley that drains the lowest portion of the vent. Photograph by Michael Savill.
Figure (see Caption) Figure 2. Panoramic oblique airphoto taken 1 May 1989. Annotations show the photo's orientation, the approximate location of the vent SE of Patah, and Dempo volcano, a prominent cone roughly 40 km to the NW. Photograph by Michael Savill.

Information Contacts: M. Savill, Worthing, UK.

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

The Global Volcanism Program has no synonyms or subfeatures listed for Patah.

Photo Gallery


Gunung Patah is a densely forested, dissected Quaternary volcano SE of Dempo volcano (upper right). The location of a possible new crater first observed in 1989 about 6 km SE of the summit is shown by an arrow in this photo.

Photo by Michael Savill, 1989.
See title for photo information.
A possible new crater about 6 km SE of the summit of Patah volcano was observed by the pilot of a British cargo aircraft in 1989 in an area commonly obscured by clouds. Two steam plumes were observed rising from the 150-m-wide crater.

Photo by Michael Savill, 1989.
See title for photo information.
Gunung Patah is a densely forested, dissected Quaternary volcano SE of Dempo volcano. The age of its latest eruptions is not known, although a possible new crater (the light-colored area in the center of this photo) was observed in 1989 about 6 km SE of the summit of Patah volcano. Another vent containing a crater lake is visible 1 km to the south.

Photo by Michael Savill, 1989.
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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