Kelud volcano news
Kelut volcano (East Java, Indonesia): eruption update - mud flows and ash deposits
Thursday Feb 20, 2014 09:53 AM | BY: T
Degassing plume of Kelut yesterday (photo: Aris Yanto)
The volcano itself remains relatively calm and produces only a degassing plume. So far, no clear picture has been available about what exactly is going on at the crater itself (e.g. whether a new lava dome is forming).
Collapsed roof of a house due to ash fall deposit (photo: Aris Yanto)
The biggest problem at the moment are lahars, mud flows that form when rain water mixes and remobilizes loose deposits. These mud flows can carry boulders of meter size and are extremely destructive (imagine flowing cement with mixed-in large debris of all sorts). It is estimated that approximately 50 million cubic meters of tephra deposits from the 13 Feb eruption could be remobilized by the rains in the coming days, weeks and months to come. Areas most at risk are river valleys and their river banks.
The first lahars have already appeared during the past days, and produced extensive additional damage, but fortunately no fatalities.
A bridge and 2 houses were swept away by lahars from the river Sombong. A mosque and several other houses were also destroyed in the district of Kediri. A person had to be rescued when trapped on an island surrounded by fresh mudflows.
On the other hand, people have started to return to their homes and cleaning up the vast ash deposits, however challenging, is in full swing: our correspondent Aris sent us pictures showing the devastation caused by ash deposits and lahars.
Aris also reports that the eruption did not affect the southern slope of Kelut, where no damage occurred ("nothing happend .. all green"). The worst-hit villages are Puncu (Kediri Regency) to the NW and Pandan Sari to the north (Malang Regency).
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014
The volcano continues to emit a dense steam plume and some ash, but has not produced new explosions. Apart from that the 2007 lava dome has been removed by the explosion, it is not very clear (nor easy to find out) what is currently happening in the crater. ... [more]
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014
Additional details and new estimates about the recent explosion are emerging. Unfortunately, a 4th fatality caused by the eruption has now been confirmed by BNPB. All victims were within 7 km of the volcano. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated. ... [more]
Friday, Feb 14, 2014
Ash from the eruption is still drifting over the eastern Indian Ocean. More than 100,000 people have reportedly evacuated areas close to the volcano. Heavy ash fall occurred in vast areas of Java. A preliminary judgement of the erupted ash suggests that the explosion was a magmatic event, i.e. triggered by a new bash of fresh magma that seems to have risen very quickly to the surface: ... [more]
Friday, Feb 14, 2014
BNPB (Civil protection) confirmed 3 fatalities (indirectly or directly) caused by the eruption: two as result of breathing difficulties caused by the ash, one as a road accident during evacuation. All of the victims were in Pandasari village less than 7 km from the volcano where 20 cm of ash has fallen. ... [more]