Bulletin Volcanologique

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 153–156

An example of health hazard: People killed by gas during a phreatic eruption: Diëng plateau (Java, Indonesia), February 20th 1979

  • F. Le Guern
  • H. Tazieff
  • R. Faivre Pierret

DOI: 10.1007/BF02600430

Cite this article as:
Le Guern, F., Tazieff, H. & Pierret, R.F. Bull Volcanol (1982) 45: 153. doi:10.1007/BF02600430


On February 20th, 1979, 142 inhabitants of Dieng Plateau (Indonesia) were asphyxiated by poisonous gases during a mild phreatic eruption. From later fields gas collection and analysis, the casualties are considered to be due to CO2 rich volcanic gases.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Le Guern
    • 1
  • H. Tazieff
    • 2
  • R. Faivre Pierret
    • 3
  1. 1.C.F.R. — Lab. mixte CNRS-CEADomaine du CNRGif sur YvetteFrance
  2. 2.Commissariat à l’Etude et à la Prévention des Risques naturels majeursParisFrance
  3. 3.L.E.E.M.S. C.E.N.G., av. des MartyrsGrenobleFrance