Egon volcano news:
Egon volcano (Flores Island, Indonesia): eruption warning continues
An eruption warning remains in place. Increased sulfur smells have been noted from the volcano which had been raised to second highest alert on 13 Jan.
According to local news, evacuation of 3 villages at the feet of the volcano are taking place and so far, 1200 people have been relocated and 2000 dust masks have been distributed (in case of ash emissions). The exclusion zone around Mt Egon volcano is 3 km radius from its summit only (but in case of a larger eruption, this should be drastically increased, especially around rivers draining from the mountain.)
1703-m-high Gunung Egon volcano is one of the active volcanoes of Flores. After about a century of being dormant, the volcano came suddenly back to live in 2004, triggering the evacuation of about 7000 people.
The barren, sparsely vegetated summit region has a 350-m-wide, 200-m-deep crater that sometimes contains a lake. Other small crater lakes occur on the flanks of the cone. A lava dome forms the southern summit. Solfataric activity occurs on the crater wall and rim and on the upper southern flank. Reports of historical eruptive activity prior to explosive eruptions in 2004 are inconclusive. A column of "smoke" (ash?)was often observed above the summit during 1888-1891 and in 1892. Strong "smoke" emission in 1907 reported in 1917 was considered by the Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World (Neumann van Padang, 1951) to be an historical eruption, but it is likely that it had been confused with an eruption on the same date and time from Lewotobi Lakilaki volcano.
Adapted from GVP, Smithsonian Institution