Indonesia’s Mount Lokon volcano unleashes powerful eruption

July 14, 2011JAKARTA — An Indonesian volcano erupted late Thursday, spewing rocks, lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air, an official said, three days after its alert status was raised to the highest level. There has been a significant rise in volcanic activity at Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island since June 9, prompting hundreds of people to evacuate the area. “There was a big eruption around 10:31pm local time (1531 GMT), which saw ash, sand and rocks thrown 1,500 meters (4,800 feet) into the air,” government volcanologist Kristianto told AFP. Grass and shrubs in an area stretching 500 meters around the volcano were on fire but there was no immediate danger to people living nearby, he said. The volcano’s status was raised to its highest red alert level after it spewed ash 500 meters into the air over the weekend, leading to a 3.5-kilometre (two-mile) evacuation zone being established in case of a bigger eruption. “There is no mass panic because the community has already been warned of the situation and we are continuing to evacuate people,” added Kristianto, who like many Indonesians uses only one name. Around 28,000 people live within the evacuation zone. –AFP
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3 Responses to Indonesia’s Mount Lokon volcano unleashes powerful eruption

  1. luisport says:

    Kirby on July 14, 2011, 4:07 PM
    Here’s a link that has images from twitpic (twitter) that are indicated to be from Mount Lokon. Maybe Dr. Behncke or one of the other experts can look at the images and tell if they are accurate?

    Shérine France on July 14, 2011, 4:11 PM
    Indeed, people panicked when the volcano Lokon saw its activity grow.
    Currently the activity declined slightly.


  2. Pagan says:

    I am a couple of days returned from a six week seclusion in the desert without any form of modern communication & am seeing a definite escalation in events. As usual nothing is being reported in the mainstream Australian media. Thanks as always Alvin for the reports.



  3. luisport says:

    More than 4,600 people have been evacuated since an Indonesian volcano erupted on Thursday and its alert status was placed on the highest level, an official said. Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island spewed grey ash up to 800 metres (2,600 feet) high early on Saturday as it continued to rumble. “The evacuees are placed in six shelter points. No one has died because of the direct impact of the eruption,” disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. “The disaster management agency has assisted them by disbursing 300 million rupiah (35,100 dollars) of emergency funds, logistics, equipment and personnel,” he said. The 1,580-metre Mount Lokon is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. It erupted in 1991, killing a Swiss tourist. The Indonesian archipelago has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire” between the Pacific and Indian oceans. The country’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010.


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