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Lokon volcano (Sulawesi, Indonesia): new ash explosion with plume reaching 3 km height

Tue, 11 Dec 2012, 07:13
07:13 AM | BY: T
Another ash explosion occurred at 12:10 local time today, followed by a smaller one at 12:41 and 13:16 local time.
The first explosion was relatively violent and produced a plume rising approx. 3000 m visible from Manado city 15 km to the north and the explosion sound caused people in nearby Tomohon to run out on the streets.
The following 2 explosions were much smaller and produced plumes only a few 100 m in height. Volcanologists stationed in Kakaskasen said that volcanic tremor was recorded almost continuously.
Sources: VSI (webcam) & Kompass online.

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Sun, 9 Dec 2012, 02:40

Lokon-Empung volcano (North Sulawesi & Sangihe Islands, Indonesia) activity update: intermittent ash explosions every 1-3 days

Small to medium-sized explosive ash eruptions continue to occur every 1-3 days (such as on 3, 6, 7 and 9 Dec). Ash plumes observed from ground and by satellite reached estimated 10-17,000 ft (3-5 km) altitude. ... Read all
Wed, 5 Dec 2012, 06:00

Lokon-Empung volcano (Sulawesi, Indonesia) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 5 December-11 December 2012 (New Activity / Unrest)

Based on information from CVGHM and the WAAA MWO (in Ujung Pandang,Indonesia), the Darwin VAAC reported that an eruption from Lokon-Empung produced an ash plume that rose to an altitude of 3.4 km (11,000 ft) a.s.l. on 6 December and drifted S. Ash was not detected in satellite imagery. ... Read all
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Lokon-Empung volcano
Stratovolcano 1580 m / 5,184 ft
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1.36°N / 124.79°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) Lokon-Empung volcano eruptions:
1375, 1775, 1829, 1893-94, 1930, 1942, 1948, 1951-53, 1958-59, 1961, 1962, 1963-64, 1965, 1966, 1969-70, 1971, 1973-74, 1975-80, 1984(?), 1986-87, 1988, 1991-92, 2000-01, 2002, 2002-03, 2011, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2015
Typical eruption style
Small-moderate explosive eruptions.

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