Report on Lokon-Empung (Indonesia) — July 1986
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 7 (July 1986)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Lokon-Empung (Indonesia) Small explosions eject daily ash clouds
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1986. Report on Lokon-Empung (Indonesia). In: McClelland, L. (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 11:7. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198607-266100.
1.358°N, 124.792°E; summit elev. 1580 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Through July, as many as several small explosions/day continued to send ash clouds to 300-500 m above the crater. The lake within Tompaluan Crater has disappeared completely.
Geologic Background. The twin volcanoes Lokon and Empung, rising about 800 m above the plain of Tondano, are among the most active volcanoes of Sulawesi. Lokon, the higher of the two peaks (whose summits are only 2 km apart), has a flat, craterless top. The morphologically younger Empung volcano to the NE has a 400-m-wide, 150-m-deep crater that erupted last in the 18th century, but all subsequent eruptions have originated from Tompaluan, a 150 x 250 m wide double crater situated in the saddle between the two peaks. Historical eruptions have primarily produced small-to-moderate ash plumes that have occasionally damaged croplands and houses, but lava-dome growth and pyroclastic flows have also occurred. A ridge extending WNW from Lokon includes Tatawiran and Tetempangan peak, 3 km away.
Information Contacts: L. Pardyanto, Olas, Kaswanda, Suratman, A. Sudradjat, and T. Casadevall, VSI.