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  • 0.658°N
  • 127.4°E

  • 1730 m
    5674 ft

  • 268061
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Volcano Types


Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Oceanic crust (< 15 km)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite


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Geological Summary

The Tidore volcanic complex consists of two dramatically different volcanic structures. The beautifully conical 1730-m-high Kiematabu peak on the south end of Tidore Island is the highest volcano of the North Maluku island chain west of Halmahera. The broad, lower Sabale volcano on the north side of the island is a caldera containing two cones. Maitara Island, 1 km off the NW coast, forms another volcanic construct. Tidore was mapped as Holocene by Apandi and Sudana (1980).

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Tidore. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Tidore 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
Kiematabu, Bukit Stratovolcano 1730 m 0° 39' 0" N 127° 24' 0" E
Maitara Cone 0° 43' 0" N 127° 22' 0" E


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Sabale Caldera 0° 42' 0" N 127° 25' 0" E

Photo Gallery

The Tidore volcanic complex rises to the south across a narrow strait from Ternate Island in the foreground. The small conical island is Maitara; in the background, its summit hidden in the clouds over southern Tidore Island, is symmetrical Kiematabu peak, the highest mountain in the northern Maluku Islands. Sabale volcano, a truncated caldera at the NE end of Tidore Island, is obscured behind the leaves at the upper left. The lake-filled crater in the foreground is Laguna maar on the southern flank of Gamalama volcano.

Photo by Jack Lockwood, 1980 (U.S. Geological Survey).


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.

Apandi T, Sudana D, 1980. Geologic map of the Ternate quadrangle, north Maluku. Geol Res Devel Centre Indonesia, 1:250,000 scale map and 9 p text.

Morris J D, Jezek P A, Hart S R, Gill J B, 1983. The Halmahera Island arc, Molucca Sea collision zone, Indonesia: a geochemical survey. In: Hayes D E (ed) The Tectonic and Geologic Evolution of Southeast Asia Seas and Islands, part 2, {Amer Geophys Union, Geophys Monogr}, 27: 373-387.

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Tidore 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.