Report on Lokon-Empung (Indonesia) — April 1987
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 4 (April 1987)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Lokon-Empung (Indonesia) Diminished activity; continuous white plume
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1987. Report on Lokon-Empung (Indonesia) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 12:4. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198704-266100
1.358°N, 124.792°E; summit elev. 1580 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Activity diminished during April. A white plume was continuously emitted from Tompaluan Crater to heights of 200-400 m. During the first half of the month, an average of 15 tectonic earthquakes were detected daily. No seismic activity was reported for the second half of the month.
Geological Summary. The Lokong-Empung volcanic complex, rising above the plain of Tondano in North Sulawesi, includes four peaks and an active crater. Lokon, the highest peak, has a flat craterless top. The morphologically younger Empung cone 2 km NE has a 400-m-wide, 150-m-deep crater that erupted last in the 18th century. A ridge extending 3 km WNW from Lokon includes the Tatawiran and Tetempangan peaks. All eruptions since 1829 have originated from Tompaluan, a 150 x 250 m crater in the saddle between Lokon and Empung. These eruptions have primarily produced small-to-moderate ash plumes that sometimes damaged croplands and houses, but lava-dome growth and pyroclastic flows have also occurred.
Information Contacts: VSI; T. Casadevall, USGS & VSI.