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Report on Sangeang Api (Indonesia) — July 2009

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 34, no. 7 (July 2009)
Managing Editor: Richard Wunderman.

Sangeang Api (Indonesia) Increased seismicity, including explosion earthquakes, during May-June 2009

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2009. Report on Sangeang Api (Indonesia). In: Wunderman, R. (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 34:7. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN200907-264050.

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Sangeang Api

Indonesia

8.2°S, 119.07°E; summit elev. 1949 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


According to the Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM), restlessness began at Sangeang Api in May and June 2009. In early May 2009 white emissions reached heights of ~ 5-25 m. In addition, occasional explosion earthquakes and generally minor seismicity continued (table 3). In addition, an earthquake struck on 1-2 June 2009 that was felt at a Modified Mercali intensity of MM I.

Table 3. Summary of reported volcanic activity at Sangeang Api. Courtesy of the Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM).

Date Explosions Tremor and amplitude Deep volcanic earthquakes Shallow volcanic earthquakes
01-17 May 2009 Avg. ~3/day continuous, 3 mm Avg. ~2/day ~1/day
18-31 May 2009 ~13/day continuous, 7 mm ~4/day ~2/day
01-02 Jun 2009 ~21/day continuous, 5 mm ~2/day 1/day
03 Jun 2009 11 continuous, 6 mm 7 --

On 4 June the Alert Level was raised to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) due to the increases in the number of explosion earthquakes, tremor, and other local earthquakes. Residents and visitors were prohibited from climbing the volcano. No thermal anomalies have been seen in MODIS imagery between 1999 and August 2009.

Geologic Background. Sangeang Api volcano, one of the most active in the Lesser Sunda Islands, forms a small 13-km-wide island off the NE coast of Sumbawa Island. Two large trachybasaltic-to-tranchyandesitic volcanic cones, 1949-m-high Doro Api and 1795-m-high Doro Mantoi, were constructed in the center and on the eastern rim, respectively, of an older, largely obscured caldera. Flank vents occur on the south side of Doro Mantoi and near the northern coast. Intermittent historical eruptions have been recorded since 1512, most of them during in the 20th century.

Information Contacts: Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM), Jalan Diponegoro 57, Bandung 40122, Indonesia (URL: http://vsi.esdm.go.id/).