At that time, the Toba eruption had spewed out no less than 2,800 km3 of volcanic material, which later produced Lake Toba. The history of the super powerful eruption tens of thousands of years ago is believed to be the origin of Lake Toba, which is also believed to be the largest volcanic lake in the world.
Lake Toba is now one of the tourist destinations that attracts domestic and foreign tourists. Moreover, now Lake Toba is also included in the five super priority destinations that make it even more interesting to visit.
Incredible Facts about Lake Toba
- Mount Toba is still active
Until now, it turns out that Mount Toba is still active. Previously when this mountain erupted, the explosion was so powerful that it made the temperature of the entire ocean drop to 5 degrees Celsius. The eruption of Mount Toba at that time also made 60 percent of the human population around the mountain become victims.
- Great eruption thousands of years ago
Citing Tribun Travel, Lake Toba was formed due to the massive eruption of Mount Toba which erupted about 74,000 years ago. CA Chesner, a geologist from Eastern Illiois University, said Toba ejected 2,800 cubic kilometers of magma. This eruption is a scale of 8 in the Volcano Explosivity Index (VEI), the strongest in the last two million years.
- The area of Samosir Island is equivalent to Singapore
Samosir Island in the middle of Lake Toba has an area of 64,000 hectares, equivalent to Singapore.
- A lake in the middle of the lake
Another uniqueness of Samosir is the existence of a lake in the middle of the lake. Samosir is famous for its two lakes, namely Lake Sidihoni and Aek Natonang. These two lakes offer beautiful views and are often the destination of tourists who come to Samosir.
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- Immortalized in folklore
Besides having a long history during its formation, it turns out that Lake Toba also has a legendary story behind it. The legend of Lake Toba with the story of a man who found a goldfish in a river. The fish then turned into a beautiful woman. The young man fell in love and wanted to marry her. The woman agreed on one condition, the young man was not allowed to tell anyone where his wife came from.
However, one day when the young man was angry with his son he accidentally told his son about his mother’s origins. Instantly the earth shook, and a great earthquake occurred. The rain fell so hard that it was flooded and Lake Toba was formed.