Report on Dukono (Indonesia) — 9 December-15 December 2009
Smithsonian Institution / US Geological Survey
Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 9 December-15 December 2009
Managing Editor: Sally Sennert.
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2009. Report on Dukono (Indonesia) (Sennert, S, ed.). Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 9 December-15 December 2009. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
1.6992°N, 127.8783°E; summit elev. 1273 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
The Darwin VAAC reported that during 9-11 December ash plumes from Dukono rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 90-130 km E and SE.
Geological Summary. Reports from this remote volcano in northernmost Halmahera are rare, but Dukono has been one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes. More-or-less continuous explosive eruptions, sometimes accompanied by lava flows, have occurred since 1933. During a major eruption in 1550 CE, a lava flow filled in the strait between Halmahera and the N-flank Gunung Mamuya cone. This complex volcano presents a broad, low profile with multiple summit peaks and overlapping craters. Malupang Wariang, 1 km SW of the summit crater complex, contains a 700 x 570 m crater that has also been active during historical time.