Awu volcano

Stratovolcano 1320 m (4,331 ft)
North Sulawesi, Indonesien, 3.67°N / 125.5°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 27 Feb 2020 (Volcanic Ash Advisory)

The massive Gunung Awu stratovolcano occupies the northern end of Great Sangihe Island, the largest of the Sangihe arc. Deep valleys that form passageways for lahars dissect the flanks of the 1320-m-high volcano, which was constructed within a 4.5-km-wide caldera.

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Typical eruption style:

Highly explosive. Pyroclastic flows and lahars.


Awu volcano eruptions: 1640(?), 1646, 1699(?), 1711, 1812, 1856, 1875, 1883, 1885, 1892, 1893, 1913, 1921, 1922, 1930-31, 1966 (large sub-Plinian explosion), 1968(?), 1992, 2004

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Thursday, September 16, 2021 03:57 GMT (1 earthquake)
Sep 16, 2021 11:57 am (GMT +8) (Sep 16, 2021 03:57 GMT)
3.2

135 km
29 km (18 mi)
Philippine Sea, 282 km north of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Background

Awu is one of Indonesia's deadliest volcanoes; powerful explosive eruptions in 1711, 1812, 1856, 1892, and 1966 produced devastating pyroclastic flows and lahars that caused more than 8000 cumulative fatalities during 5 eruptions (in 1711, 1812, 1856, 1892 and 1966).
Awu contained a summit crater lake that was 1 km wide and 172 m deep in 1922, but was largely ejected during the 1966 eruption.

The eruption in 2004 prompted the evacuation of 27,000 people, but the eruption eventually did not escalate into a major event.

Awu Photos

Crater Of Gunung Mahawu, Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Photo: Jay Ramji)
Crater Of Gunung Mahawu, Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Photo: Jay Ramji)
Lawu volcano, seen from the top of Merapi (Feb 2015) (image: Юлия Грубник) (Photo: ThomasH)
Lawu volcano, seen from the top of Merapi (Feb 2015) (image: Юлия Грубник) (Photo: ThomasH)
Gunung Mahawu And Surrounding Area, Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Photo: Jay Ramji)
Gunung Mahawu And Surrounding Area, Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Photo: Jay Ramji)
 



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The crater of Awu and its lava dome over the past century (VSI)
The crater of Awu and its lava dome over the past century (VSI)
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