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Report on Talang (Indonesia) — June 1986


Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 6 (June 1986)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Talang (Indonesia) Thermal field grows; steaming increases

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1986. Report on Talang (Indonesia) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 11:6. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198606-261160



0.979°S, 100.681°E; summit elev. 2575 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

Signs of enhanced activity at Gabuo Atas solfatara field were observed in May, when increased fuming was noted. The area of thermal activity has grown to cover ~10 hectares, but the temperatures of solfataras have remained in the normal range, between 92 and 97°C.

Geological Summary. Talang, which forms a twin volcano with the extinct Pasar Arbaa volcano, lies ESE of the major city of Padang and rises NW of Dibawah Lake. Talang has two crater lakes on its flanks; the largest of these is 1 x 2 km wide Danau Talang. The summit exhibits fumarolic activity, but which lacks a crater. Historical eruptions have mostly involved small-to-moderate explosive activity first documented in the 19th century that originated from a series of small craters in a valley on the upper NE flank.

Information Contacts: L. Pardyanto, Olas, Kaswanda, A. Sudradjat, and T. Casadevall, VSI.