Report on Ijen (Indonesia) — December 2003
Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 28, no. 12 (December 2003)
Managing Editor: Richard Wunderman.
Ijen (Indonesia) November 2003:Tremor, type-A volcanic earthquakes; felt earthquake (MM III)
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2003. Report on Ijen (Indonesia) (Wunderman, R., ed.). Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 28:12. Smithsonian Institution.
8.058°S, 114.242°E; summit elev. 2769 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
The pattern of shallow volcanic earthquakes reported at Ijen in BGVN 28:10 continued over the period 27 October-30 November 2003. White gas emissions rose 50-150 m from the crater, and a earthquake was felt on 4 November of Modified Mercali intensity III. Data in table 7 show slight variations in seismicity during the report interval. The volcano remained at alert level 2 (on a scale of 1-4).
|Date||Deep volcanic (A-type)||Shallow volcanic (B-type)||Tremor||Tectonic||Emission|
|27 Oct-02 Nov 2003||0||29||continuous (0.5-2 mm)||2||0|
|03 Nov-09 Nov 2003||0||18||continuous (0.5-2 mm)||6||2|
|10 Nov-16 Nov 2003||0||18||continuous (0.5-2 mm)||6||2|
|17 Nov-23 Nov 2003||0||26||continuous (0.5-4 mm)||7||0|
|24 Nov-30 Nov 2003||8||32||continuous (0.5-2 mm)||7||1|
Geological Summary. The Ijen volcano complex at the eastern end of Java consists of a group of small stratovolcanoes constructed within the large 20-km-wide Ijen (Kendeng) caldera. The north caldera wall forms a prominent arcuate ridge, but elsewhere the caldera rim is buried by post-caldera volcanoes, including Gunung Merapi, which forms the high point of the complex. Immediately west of the Gunung Merapi stratovolcano is the historically active Kawah Ijen crater, which contains a nearly 1-km-wide, turquoise-colored, acid lake. Picturesque Kawah Ijen is the world's largest highly acidic lake and is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation in which sulfur-laden baskets are hand-carried from the crater floor. Many other post-caldera cones and craters are located within the caldera or along its rim. The largest concentration of cones forms an E-W zone across the southern side of the caldera. Coffee plantations cover much of the caldera floor, and tourists are drawn to its waterfalls, hot springs, and volcanic scenery.
Information Contacts: Dali Ahmad, Hetty Triastuty, Nia Haerani, and Suswati, Vulcanological Survey of Indonesia (VSI), Jalan Diponegoro No. 57, Bandung 40122, Indonesia (URL: http://www.vsi.esdm.go.id/).