Report on Semeru (Indonesia) — November 1976
Natural Science Event Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 14 (November 1976)
Managing Editor: David Squires.
Semeru (Indonesia) Ejection of ash and nuées ardentes; lava dome growth
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1976. Report on Semeru (Indonesia) (Squires, D., ed.). Natural Science Event Bulletin, 1:14. Smithsonian Institution.
8.108°S, 112.922°E; summit elev. 3657 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
The eruption that began on 31 August 1967 continued with ejection of ash and nuées ardentes, and growth of the lava dome.
Geological Summary. Semeru, the highest volcano on Java, and one of its most active, lies at the southern end of a volcanic massif extending north to the Tengger caldera. The steep-sided volcano, also referred to as Mahameru (Great Mountain), rises above coastal plains to the south. Gunung Semeru was constructed south of the overlapping Ajek-ajek and Jambangan calderas. A line of lake-filled maars was constructed along a N-S trend cutting through the summit, and cinder cones and lava domes occupy the eastern and NE flanks. Summit topography is complicated by the shifting of craters from NW to SE. Frequent 19th and 20th century eruptions were dominated by small-to-moderate explosions from the summit crater, with occasional lava flows and larger explosive eruptions accompanied by pyroclastic flows that have reached the lower flanks of the volcano.
Information Contacts: D. Hadikusumo, Volcanology Division, GSI; D. Shackelford, Villa Park, CA.