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  • Indonesia
  • Indonesia
  • Pyroclastic cone(s)
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
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  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 1.83°N
  • 127.83°E

  • 318 m
    1043 ft

  • 268001
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  • Summit

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Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Oceanic crust (< 15 km)

Rock Types

Basalt / Picro-Basalt


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Geological Summary

Two large cinder cones are located near the shore of Galela Bay NE of Dukono volcano. Tarakan Lamo and Tarakan Itji (large and small Tarakan) have well-formed summit craters 800 and 500 m in diameter and 160 and 125 m deep, respectively. The cinder cones lie between Galela Bay and Lake Galela, whose bottom lies below sea level. Supriatna (1980) mapped Tarakan as a basaltic volcano of Holocene age.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Tarakan. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Tarakan 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.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Tarakan Itji Cone 205 m 1° 48' 0" N 127° 47' 0" E
Tarakan Lamo Cone 318 m 1° 47' 0" N 127° 47' 31" E

Photo Gallery

Two cinder cones with circular craters are located above the center of this NASA Landsat image of northern Halmahera Island (with north to the top). The cones lie between Galela Lake and Galela Bay (upper right), with the town of Galela on its shore. Tarakan Lamo (on the east side of the lake) and Tarakan Itji (to the NW of Tarakan Lamo) have well-formed summit craters 800 and 500 m in diameter and 160 and 125 m deep, respectively.

NASA Landsat7 image (worldwind.arc.nasa.gov)


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title.

Gogarten E, 1918. Die Vulkane der Nordlichen Molukken. Zeit Vulk, 2: 1-298.

Supriatna S, 1980. Geologic map of Morotai quadrangle, north Maluku. Geol Res Devel Centre Indonesia, 1:250,000 scale map and 10 p text.

Verstappen H Th, 1964. Some volcanoes of Halmahera (Moluccas) and their geomorphological setting. Ned Aardr Gen, 81: 297-316.

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Tarakan Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
Smithsonian Collections Search the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections database. Go to the "Search Rocks and Ores" tab and use the Volcano Name drop-down to find samples.