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Karangetang volcano (Api Siau Island, northern Indonesia): two active craters, amount of glowing rockfalls from Crater 1 increases and Crater 2 illuminates, field report

Thu, 23 Feb 2023, 19:23 19:23 PM | BY: MARTIN
Dramatic view of currently two active craters, of which Crater 1 is erupting (foreground) and Crater 2 is "only" glowing (image:  Andi Volcanist/VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia)
Dramatic view of currently two active craters, of which Crater 1 is erupting (foreground) and Crater 2 is "only" glowing (image: Andi Volcanist/VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia)
The effusive eruption at the volcano is slowly but surely intensifying, Andi Volcanist, our expedition leader and guide, reported from field observations.
More and more glowing lava blocks continue to detach from the lava dome within the Crater 1, spreading onto the western and eastern flank, and illuminating mostly the western segment of the edifice.
As seen in the attached image, an impressive insight allows us to observe also a glowing Crater 2 in the background, meaning two craters out of five are active now.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2023, 03:00

Karangetang volcano (Sangihe Islands) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 15 February-21 February 2023 (New Activity / Unrest)

According to PVMBG the eruption at Karangetang's Main Crater (S crater) continued during 14-21 February. Multiple nighttime webcam images posted with daily reports showed three main incandescent lava flows of different lengths descending the S, SW, and W flanks; a webcam image from 2156 on 17 February possibly showed incandescent material descending the SE flank. Incandescent rocks dotted the upper flanks, possibly from ejected or collapsed material from the crater; the incandescence was often most intense at the summit. ... Read all
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Karangetang volcano
Stratovolcano 1784 m (5,853 ft)
Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia, 2.78°N / 125.4°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5) Karangetang volcano eruptions:
1675, 1712, 1825, 1864, 1883, 1886, 1887, 1892, 1899, 1900, 1905, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1940, 1941, 1947, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1961, 1961, 1962-62, 1965-67, 1967, 1970-71, 1972-76, 1976-77, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983-88, 1989, 1991-93, 1995, 1996-97, 1998, 1999-2003, 2004-2005. 2008-9, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018-ongoing
Typical eruption style
Explosive. Formation of lava domes and pyroclastic flows.

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