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Report on Karangetang (Indonesia) — 1 June-7 June 2011


Smithsonian Institution / US Geological Survey
Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 1 June-7 June 2011
Managing Editor: Sally Sennert.

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2011. Report on Karangetang (Indonesia) (Sennert, S, ed.). Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 1 June-7 June 2011. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Weekly Report (1 June-7 June 2011)



2.781°N, 125.407°E; summit elev. 1797 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

CVGHM reported that during 25 March-5 June seismic activity at Karangetang decreased along with the potential threat of avalanches and pyroclastic flows. During 1 May-5 June no pyroclastic flows were observed. Lava flowed 200 m down the flanks and produced incandescent material from the flow fronts that traveled an additional 1.5-1.8 km. Bluish-white emissions rose as high as 500 m from the main crater and incandescence from the crater was observed at night. Lava flow and avalanche activity decreased on 19 May. The Alert Level was lowered to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) on 6 June.

Geological Summary. Karangetang (Api Siau) volcano lies at the northern end of the island of Siau, about 125 km NNE of the NE-most point of Sulawesi. The stratovolcano contains five summit craters along a N-S line. It is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, with more than 40 eruptions recorded since 1675 and many additional small eruptions that were not documented (Neumann van Padang, 1951). Twentieth-century eruptions have included frequent explosive activity sometimes accompanied by pyroclastic flows and lahars. Lava dome growth has occurred in the summit craters; collapse of lava flow fronts have produced pyroclastic flows.

Source: Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG, also known as CVGHM)