Indonesia Mount Soputan volcano erupts- emits 1 km ash cloud

August 14, 2011INDONESIA – Mount Soputan in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, emitted a cloud of ash on Sunday morning, reaching 1 kilometer in height. The volcanic eruption drew the attention of residents of Tompaso district in Minahasa, from which the volcano can be clearly seen. “I was surprised and panicked seeing the eruption at about 10 a.m. It was a big eruption; the clouds and ash looked very tall; almost the same as those produced in the big eruption several months ago,” said Tompaso resident Riko Tamunu, 24. He said he was attending church when the eruption occurred, adding that there had been smaller eruptions earlier at about 6 a.m. on Sunday. Some Tomoso residents also left their houses, churches or other buildings upon hearing the sound of the eruption. Several residents captured the event using their cell phone cameras, reported. –Jakarta Post
Last Eruption: Soputan’s last eruption was in 2008 before activity began escalating in July of 2011.
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3 Responses to Indonesia Mount Soputan volcano erupts- emits 1 km ash cloud

  1. Wiseguy says:

    Hi Alvin, swarm of eathquakes worldwide today and at very unusual place. They are all rising in intensity, what’s going on…


  2. luisport says:

    Two Indonesia volcanoes making noise: Soputan and Papandayan
    It seems that the volcanoes of Indonesia are restless this August – and this weekend was no exception. Two volcanoes made the news as unrest reached levels high enough for Indonesia officials to call for evacuations. The first was at Papandayan, a composite volcano on Java that last erupted in 2002. Gas emissions from the main “Golden Craters” at the volcano along with the threat of a phreatic (steam-driven) eruption have prompted a 2-km exclusion zone around the main crater – however, they have lowered the alert level from 3 to 2 since the initial warning during the weekend. Papandayan is a popular tourist destination, so enforcing the exclusion might be difficult. The volcano has only had 4 known historic eruptions, with the eruption in 1772 ranking as a VEI 3 that produced almost 3,000 fatalities.

    The volcano getting attention is Soputan on Sulawesi. We’ve been watching the volcano since early July of this year as it sprang back to life. It appears that new lava is being erupted from the summit crater – and small explosions reaching 1 km in height have been occurring as well. The lava flow has made significant progress down the volcano (see top left), producing some stunning images at night. PVMBG has established a 6-km exclusion zone around Soputan due to this renewed activity.


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