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Report on Salak (Indonesia) — 4 July-10 July 2007


Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
4 July-10 July 2007
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2007. Report on Salak (Indonesia). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 4 July-10 July 2007. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Weekly Report (4 July-10 July 2007)



6.716°S, 106.733°E; summit elev. 2218 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

According to news articles, sulfur gas poisoning from one of Salak's fume-filled craters was suspected in the deaths of six teenagers on 7 July. Several more poisoned students were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The students were part of a group camping on the volcano for the weekend.

Geological Summary. The forested Salak volcano was constructed at the NE end of an eroded volcanic range. Satellitic cones occur on the SW flank and at the northern foot, and two large breached craters truncate the summit. One crater is breached to the NE and the westernmost crater was the source of a debris-avalanche deposit that extends 10 km WNW of the summit. Phreatic explosions have been recorded from a solfataric area at 1,400 m on the western flank. Salak volcano has been the site of extensive geothermal exploration.

Sources: Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Reuters