Lokon volcano (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): new eruption on 11 Feb 2012
Sunday Feb 12, 2012 00:43 AM | BY: T
Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, erupted again yesterday (Friday 11 Feb) at around 20h20 local time. According to local news, the eruption produced a loud thumping noise and a 2 km tall ash eruption column, suggesting that this was a vulcanian-type, vent-clearing explosion.
The eruption followed an increase in earthquakes since the previous day recorded by the local observatory that monitors Mount Lokon and Mahawu volcanoes flanking the town of Tomohon, near Manado.
Residents from nearby villages such as Kinilow I, Kinilow, and Kakaskasen were reported to have fled their homes.
Lokon is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and erupts on average every few years. The last stronger eruptive phase occurred in July last year.
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Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011
Mt. Lokon volcano near Tomohon city in North Sulawesi erupted again with 3 explosions on Tuesday (26 Dec) early morning shortly after 3 am local time, the Jakarta Post reports. The eruptions followed a rapid increase in seismic activity detected since Monday. An exclusion zone of 2.5 kilometers around the volcano is in place. ... [more]
Monday, Oct 31, 2011
Lokon volcano near Manado town in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, continues to erupt sporadically. Our Indonesian team member Andi Rosadi climbed the volcano on 24 Oct and saw 2 eruptions on 26 Oct. Lokon is located near the popular Tomohon resort town in the Minahasa Highlands. [more]
Monday, Jul 11, 2011
An eruption warning has been issued for Lokon volcano on North Sulawesi near Manado town. Increased seismic activity, and increasing emission of steam and ash have been observed from Tompaluan crater. Authorities are evacuating the nearby populated areas. ... [more]
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007
The Indonesian Volcanological Survey has increased the alert level of Lokon volcano on 9 December because of increased seismicity and strong gas and steam emission from the crater lake. ... [more]
Thursday, Jun 01, 2006
As our correspondant Donald Tapehe reports on 1st of June, 2006, Lokon volcano near Manado is showing signs of unrest: "Four days ago I saw unaccustomed thing on it. Burned grass around the crater can be seen from Tomohon town."[more]