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Lokon-Empung volcano
Stratovolcano 1580 m / 5,184 ft
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1.36°N / 124.79°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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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
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Small-moderate explosive eruptions.
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Volcano news: Lokon

Lokon volcano (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): new ash explosions

Thursday Apr 04, 2013 18:18 PM | BY: T

New explosions occurred yesterday at 12:28 pm and later at 18:15 local time. An exclusion zone of 2.5 radius around the Tompaluan crater is in effect.
Volcanic ash plumes reached 700 m above the crater and were blown to the south. The activity was preceded by an increase of seismicity since Tuesday, April 2.
According to a local news article, there are no evacuations and residents still feel safe around the volcano.
This is understandable, but illustrates a recipe for potential disaster - Lokon has now been producing small to moderate explosions for months, and it is easy to get lured into the feeling that the volcano will not explode on a larger scale. While this is probably the most likely scenario, the risk of a larger eruption with little warning remains, and should be taken seriously.
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Previous news
Monday, Mar 25, 2013
A series of 3 moderately large explosions occurred this morning between 05:12 and 07:30 local time, and was followed by small ash emissions during the whole morning. The largest eruption produced an ash column rising about 2 km above the crater. ... read all
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013
Just after we hadmentioned that there has not been an eruption for some time, the volcano erupted again this morning around 7am local time. An explosion produced an ash column rising 2 km above the crater, easily visible from Manado, the regional capital to the NE, and was heard in up to 6 km distance. read all
Monday, Mar 18, 2013
No recent reports of explosions have become available, suggesting that the volcano has quieted down considerably compared to Nov-Jan when it produced almost daily eruptions. ... read all
Sunday, Feb 03, 2013
Another relatively strong eruption occurred today. An ash column rising 3 km was observed after an explosion from the Tompulan crater at 14:09. ... read all
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013
Explosions from the volcano have become more infrequent, but two new explosions occurred this morning at 6:54 and 10:44 am local time. The eruptions produced booms heard in the nearby villages, but due to cloud cover could not be well observed. The local volcano observatory estimated the height of the plume about 800 meters. read all

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