Report on Talang (Indonesia) — 20 July-26 July 2005
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 20 July-26 July 2005
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2005. Report on Talang (Indonesia). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 20 July-26 July 2005. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
0.979°S, 100.681°E; summit elev. 2575 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
DVGHM increased the Alert Level at Talang from 2 to 3 on 18 July due to an increase in seismicity at the volcano. During 15-18 July, the seismic network recorded 93 deep volcanic earthquakes, one low-frequency tremor, and three "felt shocks" around the N slope of the crater. Minor phreatic activity occurred at the southern and northern slope craters, with ash plumes rising 0.5-1.5 km above the crater (11,100-14,400 ft a.s.l.).
Geologic Background. Talang, which forms a twin volcano with the extinct Pasar Arbaa volcano, lies ESE of the major city of Padang and rises NW of Dibawah Lake. Talang has two crater lakes on its flanks; the largest of these is 1 x 2 km wide Danau Talang. The summit exhibits fumarolic activity, but which lacks a crater. Historical eruptions have mostly involved small-to-moderate explosive activity first documented in the 19th century that originated from a series of small craters in a valley on the upper NE flank.