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Banda Api volcano forms a small isolated 3-km-wide island in the Banda Sea, Indonesia, 130 km south of Makulu Island. The volcano rises 4000 m from the sea floor and is the most recent and very active cone of a 7 km wide volcanic caldera mostly under water.
It is one of the most active volcanoes in the region and is known for violent activity including tall ash emissions, lava fountaining, strombolian explosions and occasional lava flows, some of which which have reached the sea. Because of its (for Indonesia) unusually effusive behavior and frequent activity, Banda Api has also been given the nickname "Etna of the Banda Sea".
Seismic activity of Banda Api volcano since January 2017 (light green: deep volcanic quakes)
The Indonesian Volcanological Survey (VSI) raised the alert level for the remote volcano from normal (level 1) to "waspada" ("watch", 2 on a scale of 1-4). ...more
The decision was based on geophysical monitoring data that suggests that the volcano, which had been dormant since its last eruption in 1988 has become restless and could be preparing for a new eruption in the medium-term future (months or years from now). In particular, seismic activity has increased since late Feb / early March this year. Several moderately large earthquakes have occurred in the area during the past weeks, and several shocks were felt by the small population of the island. The most recent increase of seismic activity which triggered the raise in alert status was a local earthquake on 4 April. [less]
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