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Kelud volcano
Stratovolcano 1731 m (5,679 ft)
East Java, Indonesia, -7.93°S / 112.31°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Kelud volcano eruptions:
1500(?), 1548, 1586 ((sub-)Plinian eruption?), 1641 (sub-Plininan eruption?), 1716, 1752, 1756(?), 1771, 1776, 1785, 1811, 1825, 1826, 1835, 1848, 1849(?), 1864, 1901, 1919, 1920, 1951, 1966, 1967, 1990, Oct-Nov 2007, 13 Feb 2014
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Explosive. Lava domes, pyroclastic flows. Presence of extensive crater lake at low elevation, generating destructive lahars.
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Kelut volcano (East Java, Indonesia): large explosive eruption

Thursday Feb 13, 2014 19:32 PM | BY: T

The eruption column of Kelut with lightning (photo: @RagaRikardhanu/ Twitter)
The eruption column of Kelut with lightning (photo: @RagaRikardhanu/ Twitter)
Eruption lightning (photo: Wahyu Prasetyo)
Eruption lightning (photo: Wahyu Prasetyo)
Eruption lightning (photo: Wahyu Prasetyo)
Eruption lightning (photo: Wahyu Prasetyo)
Eruption lightning (photo: Wahyu Prasetyo)
Eruption lightning (photo: Wahyu Prasetyo)
It seems that a large eruption started at the volcano at 23:29 local time today. VAAC Darwin reports an ash plume to 45,000 ft (15 km) altitude is drifting 50 nautical miles to the west of the volcano. The alert status was raised to the highest level.
Local news suggest heavy ash fall (up to gravel sized) in distances of 15-40 km. Volcanologists on duty at the VSI observatory post left because to the danger posed by the eruption; Indonesian Civil Defense (BNPB) urged people living within 10 km of the volcano to evacuate. Indonesian government set up more than 70 evacuation shelters in areas around the volcano.
Wahyu Prasetyo send us some pictures from the impressive eruption.
Previous news
Seismic activity at Kelut volcano during the past weeks (VSI)
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014
VSI raised the alert status to the second highest level 3 (out of 4), "Siaga" (meaning eruption warning). In its latest report, VSI informs that an ongoing slight deformation, suggesting magma intrusion, has been detected since September and that a strong increase in seismic activity started on 7 February. A seismic swarm occurred with hypocenters between 1.5-3.5 km depth beneath the summit area. ... [more]

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014
The alert level of the volcano was raised today from 1 ("normal") to 2 ("Waspada", "watch") on a scale of 1-4. During the second half of 2014, a strong increase in seismic activity and a 5.5 deg temperature increase of the crater lake water had been detected. ... [more]
Thursday, Nov 15, 2007
CVGHM lowered the Alert Status of Kelut on 8 November from 4 to 3 (on a scale of 1-4), due to a decrease in seismicity and deformation. Temperatures of the crater lake were measured at 75 deg C on 6 Nov, and 150-210 deg C on the surface of the new lava dome. According to a local news article, a volcanologist reported that the lava dome was 250 m in diameter and 120 m above the crater lake surface. On 11 November, a plume rose to an altitude of 3.7 km (12,000 ft) a.s.l. and ashfall was reported in several areas.
CVGHM recommended that evacuees could return to their homes, but should stay clear of the mountain within a 3-km radius was restricted.
[more]
Thursday, Oct 18, 2007

The Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) raised the altert status of Kelut volcano on 16 October from 3 to 4 (on a scale of 1-4). During 15-28 September, gas discharge from the crater lake increased and spread in a radius of 5 m. Inflation around the summit occurred during 13-16 October. On 16 October, the temperature in the crater lake increased to 37.8 degrees C.

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