Sinabung volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia) activity update
Tuesday Feb 04, 2014 09:18 AM | BY: T
According to local news, a total of 170 search and rescue personnel had been employed during the past days, but still could not find one of the still missing victims of Saturday's fatal pyroclastic flow. The official death toll from the eruption has reached at least 15 (or 16 if the still missing is taken into account), plus two seriously wounded victims. Most of the fatalities were young students and schoolchildren who apparently came as volcano tourists and as part of a Christian class to provide assistance to local people. The other victims were 3 residents of Sukameriah and one from Kabanjahe village.
Rescuers found 8 abandoned (and destroyed) motorcycles, 1 Acer laptop bag, a bag with a handy cam and 2 helmets, an article mentions. Operations in the affected areas with partially still hot deposits, abundant ash and the risk of being in the path of new pyroclastic flows render the rescue operation dangerous and difficult.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) in Jakarta announced that the enforcement of the exclusion zone of 5 km will be tightened. He stressed that the 5 villages most at risk are Sukameriah, Bekerah, Simacem, Sigarang-garang, and Sukanalu. These are all located at only 3-3.5 km distance from the volcano's dome and in the path of (even only moderately-sized) pyroclastic flows on the S-SE slope.
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Monday, Feb 03, 2014
The activity has not much changed, but continues to show an overall decreasing trend. No significant explosions or pyroclastic flows seem to have occurred over the past 2 days. ... [more]
Saturday, Feb 01, 2014
Sad news today: the volcano claimed its first victims this morning due to a direct effect of the eruption. At least 14 people were reported killed and 3 others severely bunt by one or two moderately large pyroclastic flows this morning. 3 more people are still reported missing. ... [more]
Friday, Jan 31, 2014
The eruption shows little variations as the volcano continues to effuse viscous magma at the summit vent. A part of that simply contributes to the growth of the lava dome and the viscous lava tongue that descends on the SE flank. Another part of the new magma collapses and produces rock-falls that turn into pyroclastic flows such as this morning (video): ... [more]
Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
Lava effusion continues at the volcano and pyroclastic flows occurred this morning. During the past 7-10 days, the growing lava dome has effused an impressive thick extrusion lobe that managed to form a massive, approx. 800 m long coherent lava flow reaching the base of the mountain. ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
The volcano's lava dome continues to grow. Following a quieter interval, a new series of pyroclastic flows occurred yesterday. ... [more]