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Lewotolo (or Ile Api) volcano on the eastern end of a peninsula of Lembata (formerly Lomblen) Island forms a perfect symmetrical cone. The stratovolcano has 2 craters of 900x800 m and 250x200 m in diameter.
Many lava flows have reached the coastline. Historical eruptions, recorded since 1660, have consisted of explosive activity from the summit crater.
Recent seismic activity at Lewotolo volcano (image: PVMBG)
The alert level of the volcano was raised yesterday from from Level I (Normal) to Level II (Alert), the Indonesian volcano monitoring agency PVMBG reported. ...more
Over the past weeks, degassing and seismic activity have increased significantly, suggesting a greater likelihood of a new eruption, most likely in the form of sudden explosions from the summit crater. During the last week of September, a steam plume of varying intensity has been observed rising up to 500 m from the crater, and volcanic earthquakes detected under the volcano have increased from averages of a few per day to several tens per day. An exclusion zone of 2 km radius around the crater is recommended. [less]
On 25 January CVGHM lowered the Alert Level for Lewotolo from 3 to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) based on decreased seismicity and visual observations during 5-15 January. During 5-15 January fumarolic plumes rose 200-500 m above the summit and incandescence was observed. ...more
The remote Lewotolo stratovolcano on Lomblen island in Indonesia is getting more and more active, with reports of "black columns of smoke" coming out from its crater, which probably translates to first ash eruptions happening. ...more
"Rumbling sounds are heard around the mountain" and a strong smell of sulfur is noticed. Now in the rainy season, the main risk will likely be lahars. Jakarta Post reports that about 500 people residing near Mount Lewotolo have evacuated their homes voluntarily, and that providing shelters for them is difficult. [less]
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