Danau Toba (Lake Toba)

Lake Toba is a volcanic lake with a length of 100 kilometers and 30 kilometers wide, located in North Sumatra Province, Indonesia. This lake is the largest lake in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In the middle of this lake there is a volcanic island called the island.


It is estimated that Lake Toba explosion occurred at about 73000-75000 years ago and is a Supervolcano eruption (super volcano) the most recent. Bill Rose and Craig Chesner of Michigan Technological University estimate that volcanic materials spewed out of the mountain as much as 2800 km ³, with 800 km ³ of rock and 2,000 km ³ overlies the volcanic ash which is expected in the wind to the west for 2 weeks. Volcanic dust in the wind has spread to half the earth, from China to South Africa. The explosion occurred during a week and throw the dust up to 10 km above sea level.

This incident caused mass death and in some species also followed extinction. According to some DNA evidence, this eruption also reduced the number of people to about 60% of the total human population of the earth at that time, which is about 60 million people. The eruption also caused the ice age, although experts are still debating.

After the eruption, the caldera formed which is then filled with water and became what is now known as Lake Toba. Upward pressure by magma that has not come out cause the appearance of the island of Samosir

Lake Toba is about 1700 square meters with a depth of approximately 450 meters. Situated 906 meters above sea level, this place is a haven for many interesting plants. You can swim in the lake, or boating around the lake. You can also visit the island of Samosir to see the traditional houses of the kings of ancient Batak is also the king’s tomb in the territory of Tomok. Golf courses are also available for those fond of this one sport. Some people who enjoy the view of sunrise and sunset in the region said that Lake Toba makes them forget all their problems.

The atmosphere is cool and refreshing, beautiful and enchanting scenery, with mountains that surround this area will probably make you feel at home.

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11 Responses to “Danau Toba (Lake Toba)”
  1. faizalhuda Says...

    On October 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    wonderful place. thank you for sharing

  2. rgreenfield Says...

    On October 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    looks very beautiful there… thanks

  3. Uma Shankari Says...

    On October 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Beautiful place. Would love to visit some day.

  4. dwisuka Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 12:08 am

    eruption of Toba is bigger than Tambora

  5. FX777222999 Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Nice place for sightseeing.

  6. ittech Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    lovely travel article

  7. reiny Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    famous lake with wonderful view, nice one

  8. Kristie Claar Says...

    On October 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    very nice

  9. beingwell Says...

    On November 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Looks very nice.

  10. Dreamy777 Says...

    On December 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

    awesome article thanks

  11. arifeen Says...

    On March 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I wanna go!

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