Dating guntur

The prominent levees of a historical lava flow (center) can be seen descending the SE flank of Guntur volcano.The rounded summit at the left is Gunung Guntur, the youngest peak of the volcanic complex.Guntur volcano, is viewed here from the south near the foot of Papandayan volcano, looking across rice fields in the plain of Garut.

To the right are Gunung Batususun and Gunung Picung, part of the older massif.

Photo published in Taverne, 1926 "Vulkaanstudien op Java," (courtesy of Volcanological Survey of Indonesia).

Gunung Guntur and neighboring volcanoes surrounding the plain of Garut were some of the oldest tourist destinations in Java.

Among the attractions of the Cipanas hot spring resort is Komparan ("The Oven"), a steaming mud pool that is used for cooking. Matehelumual, 1986 (Volcanological Survey of Indonesia). Gunung Guntur at the right center, the youngest cone of the Guntur volcanic complex, consists of a younger SW part with cones lying along a NW-SE trend, and an older, more eroded complex to the NW.

In comparison to the previous week, the number of shallow volcanic and tectonic earthquakes increased, while deep volcanic earthquakes decreased.

Seismicity remained higher than normal during 16-22 December, but fewer earthquakes occurred than during the previous week. During December 2002, the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia (VSI) reported that activity at Guntur was higher than normal.

Guntur is a complex of several overlapping stratovolcanoes about 10 km NW of the city of Garut in western Java.

Young lava flows, the most recent of which was erupted in 1840, are visible on the flanks of the erosionally unmodified Gunung Guntur, which rises about 1550 m above the plain of Garut.

At 1600 CVGHM raised the Alert Level to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) and reminded residents and visitors not to approach the active crater within a 2-km radius.

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