Sangir Besar, commonly called Sangir Island (Sangihe is a frequent spelling variant), is an island in the
Sangir Islandsgroup. Its Indonesian name literally means "Great Sangir", in reference to the fact that it is the archipelago's main island. Politically, it is part of North Sulawesiprovince, Indonesia. The main language is the Sangir language.
It was the scene of the violent eruption of
Gunung Awu volcanoin March, 1856. The existing mountain was reshaped by the eruption, and flooding was extensive. The death toll was estimated to exceed two thousand, maybe as high as 6,000. While this appears to have been the most devastating eruption on record, is was not the only one - the last major eruption was in 1966, and the last significant one as recently as 2004.
* [http://www.geocities.com/kepulauan/northsulawesi/sangir.htm Sangir-Talaud group]
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