Report on Tangkuban Parahu (Indonesia) — May 1986
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 5 (May 1986)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Tangkuban Parahu (Indonesia) Fumarole temperarures remain high
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1986. Report on Tangkuban Parahu (Indonesia) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 11:5. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198605-263090.
6.77°S, 107.6°E; summit elev. 2084 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
No additional seismic activity was reported [in May], but fumarole temperatures remained elevated.
Geologic Background. Gunung Tangkuban Parahu is a broad shield-like stratovolcano overlooking Indonesia's former capital city of Bandung. The volcano was constructed within the 6 x 8 km Pleistocene Sunda caldera, which formed about 190,000 years ago. The volcano's low profile is the subject of legends referring to the mountain of the "upturned boat." The Sunda caldera rim forms a prominent ridge on the western side; elsewhere the rim is largely buried by deposits of the current volcano. The dominantly small phreatic eruptions recorded since the 19th century have originated from several nested craters within an elliptical 1 x 1.5 km summit depression.
Information Contacts: A. Sudradjat, L. Pardyanto, and T. Casadevall, VSI.