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  • 5.4°N
  • 125.375°E

  • 862 m
    2827 ft

  • 271010
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Volcano Types


Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite
Basalt / Picro-Basalt


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Geological Summary

Balut volcano, also known as Sanguil, occupies a small island in the Sarangani Island group south of the Batulaki Peninsula forming the southern tip of Mindanao Island. Hot springs and thermally altered ground are located on the west and SW flanks of the 862-m-high volcano, which rises about 1800 m above the sea floor. Reports in Mindanao of a major eruption in 1641 from an unknown volcano to the south, which caused darkness over much of Mindanao, were originally attributed to Balut volcano. Later work indicated that the source of the eruption was Parker volcano on southern Mindanao, about 80 km NW of Balut Island.

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


Sarangani | Serangani | Sanguil | Serangano | Sanguili


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Palabuno Hot Spring Hot Spring

Photo Gallery

The Sarangani Islands lie about 20 km across Sarangani Strait from the Batulaki Peninsula (upper left), which forms the southern tip of Mindanao Island. Balut volcano, also known as Sanguil, occupies the lower island in this NASA Space Shuttle image (with north to the upper left). The 862-m-high volcano was once thought to be the source of a major eruption in 1641 AD that turned out to have been from Parker volcano, 80 km to the NW on Mindanao. The volcano displays hot springs and thermally altered ground on its flanks.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS099-704-41, 2000 (


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.

Balmes C P, 2000. The geochemistry of the Mt. Balut Island geothermal prospect, Davao del Sur, Philippines. Proc World Geotherm Cong 2000, Kyushu-Tohoku, Japan, May 28-June 10, 2000, p 959-964.

COMVOL, 1981. Catalogue of Philippine volcanoes and solfataric areas. Philippine Comm Volc, 87 p.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Neumann van Padang M, 1953. Philippine Islands and Cochin China. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 2: 1-49.

Newhall C G, 1996. . (pers. comm.).

PHIVOLCS, 2004-. Volcanoes.

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Balut 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.