Report on Salak (Indonesia) — 4 July-10 July 2007
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
4 July-10 July 2007
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2007. Report on Salak (Indonesia). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 4 July-10 July 2007. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
6.72°S, 106.73°E; summit elev. 2211 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
According to news articles, sulfur gas poisoning from one of Salak's fume-filled craters was suspected in the deaths of six teenagers on 7 July. Several more poisoned students were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The students were part of a group camping on the volcano for the weekend.
Geological Summary. Salak volcano was constructed at the NE end of an eroded volcanic range. Satellitic cones occur on the SW flank and at the northern foot of the forested volcano. Two large breached craters truncate the summit of Gunung Salak. One crater is breached to the NE and the westernmost crater was the source of a debris-avalanche deposit that extends 10 km WNW of the summit. Historical eruptions from Gunung Salak have been restricted to phreatic explosions from craters in a prominent solfataric area at 1400 m on the western flank. Salak volcano has been the site of extensive geothermal exploration.