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Gunung Karangetang.jpg
Mount Karangetang from Ulu Siau Harbour
Highest point
Elevation1,827 m (South Peak)
1,784 m (North Peak)
Prominence1,827 m (5,994 ft) [1]
Coordinates2°46′40″N 125°24′27″E / 2.77778°N 125.40750°E / 2.77778; 125.40750
LocationSiau, Indonesia
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruptionFebruary to June 2015 (ongoing)

Karangetang (also known as Api Siau) is a volcano located on the north side of Siau Island off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The island is inhabited by 22,000 people.[2] It is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia having erupted forty-one times since 1675. A pyroclastic flow in 1997 killed three people.[3]

Current activity[edit]

In August 2007 an eruptive episode forced evacuations from nearby areas.[4]

On 9 June 2009 the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia raised the eruption alert status of Karangetang to Level Orange.[5]

On 6 August 2010 Karangetang again erupted, spewing lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air. Four villagers are missing.[6][7]

On 11 March 2011, a few hours after an earthquake in Japan caused a Pacific-wide tsunami, Mount Karangetang again erupted.[8] There were no reports of serious damage or deaths, though lava and hot gas clouds were emitted onto its slopes.[8]

On September 2, 2013, the volcano began erupting again.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mountains of the Indonesian Archipelago". Peaklist.org. Listed as "Gunung Api" in the Sulawesi section. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  2. ^ Niniek Karmini (2010). "4 feared dead after Indonesia volcano eruption". Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  3. ^ "07/1997 (BGVN 22:07) Three people killed by a pyroclastic flow in June". Index of Monthly Reports (Karangetang [Api Siau]). www.volcano.si.edu. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  4. ^ Arga, Adhityani (20 August 2007)"Top alert for Indonesia volcano, villagers evacuate", Reuters, 20 August 2007.
  5. ^ VSI Alert
  6. ^ Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts; several people seriously hurt[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Volcano erupts in eastern Indonesia
  8. ^ a b "Indonesian volcano erupts". stuff.co.nz/AP. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.


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