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Marapi volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia): relatively strong eruption, ash fall

Thu, 27 Mar 2014, 17:40
17:40 PM | BY: T
The volcano erupted again yesterday afternoon at 16:15 local time, the volcano observatory post reported. It appears it was one of the largest explosions during the volcano's current phase of activity.
Although the eruption was itself not visible due to cloud cover, the seismic signal showed a strong explosion that lasted 38 seconds and relatively "thick" ash fall occurred shortly afterwards in Batipuh and Tanahdatar districts until 17:45.
The alert level of Marapi remains unchanged at level II out of 4. Authorities recommend people to avoid a 3 km radius zone around the volcano.

Marapi has been in a phase of activity characterized by sporadic explosions of generally small size since 3 August 2011. Earlier eruptions this year, according to local press occurred as follows:
- 8 Jan: 2 explosions, ash plumes rising 700 m.
- 9 Jan: 5 explosions, ash rising up to 250 m
- 16 Jan: 5 small eruptions in the morning, but no visual observations.
- 19 Jan: one eruption that lasted 17 seconds.

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Wed, 26 Feb 2014, 16:41

Marapi volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia): new ash explosions

Another ash eruption occurred at the volcano this afternoon at 16:15 local time. According to local news quoting the local VSI volcano observatory spokesman, the eruption today was the largest in a series since the alert status had been raised on 3 August last year. Ash fell in a radius of 3 km where some villages are located. ... Read all
Wed, 26 Feb 2014, 06:00

Marapi volcano (Indonesia) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 26 February-4 March 2014 (New Activity / Unrest)

According to news articles, an explosion at Marapi on 26 February produced an ash plume that caused ashfall in areas as far as 10 km S. According to PVMBG the Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4). ... Read all
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Marapi volcano
Stratovolcano 2891 m (9,485 ft)
Western Sumatra, Indonesia, -0.39°S / 100.46°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) Marapi volcano eruptions:
2011-ongoing, 2004 (Aug), 2001, 2000, 1999, 1987-94, 1984, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1975-79, 1973, 1970-71, 1968(?), 1967, 1966, 1958, 1958, 1954-57, 1950-52, 1949, 1949, 1943, 1932, 1930, 1929, 1927, 1925, 1919, 1918, 1918, 1917, 1916, 1915, 1913, 1911, 1910, 1907-08, 1905, 1904, 1889, 1888, 1886, 1885, 1883, 1878(?), 1883, 1876-77, 1876, 1871, 1871, 1863, 1861, 1855-56, 1854, 1845, 1833-34, 1822, 1807, 1770
Typical eruption style
Small to moderate sized explosions
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