Gunung Api Wetar Volcano | John Seach


Banda Sea, Indonesia

6.64 S, 126.65 E
summit elevation 282 m

Gunung Api is an isolated volcano located in the Banda Sea, Indonesia. It is a small round island built from lava flows. The central crater contains a small cone. Three landslides are visible of the slopes.

Gunung Api is located north of Wetar and rises to a single cone about 4 km above the sea floor. The lavas of Gunung Api have insufficient potassium to be derived from the underlying 400-500 km Benioff Zone.

1512 Eruption
In 1512 Portuguese sailors observed streams of fire flowing from the summit to the sea.

Further reading
Wheller, G. E., et al. "Geochemistry of Quaternary volcanism in the Sunda-Banda arc, Indonesia, and three-component genesis of island-arc basaltic magmas." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 32.1-3 (1987): 137-160

Gunung Api Wetar Volcano Eruptions

1699, 1512