Paluweh volcano eruption 2012: the new lava dome

The pictures show the new active lava dome of Paluweh volcano, which formed since late Oct 2012 next to the 1982 Rokatenda lava dome. The photos were taken during 30 Nov evening and 2 Dec 2012 morning when we visited the volcano from close range during our recent volcano expedition to Indonesia in Nov-Dec 2012.
The island of Palue (Paluweh) seen from the south. The steam plume from the lava dome rises from the new summit lava dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The island of Palue (Paluweh) seen from the south. The steam plume from the lava dome rises from the... [info]
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The steaming new lava dome seen from near the southern coast of the island. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The steaming new lava dome seen from near the southern coast of the island. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Strong ash venting at dawn of 1 Dec 2012. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strong ash venting at dawn of 1 Dec 2012. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A larger glowing rockfall occurs on the eastern side of the dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A larger glowing rockfall occurs on the eastern side of the dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The new lava dome (center of image) and the upper portion of the 1982 Rokatenda dome to the right (east). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The new lava dome (center of image) and the upper portion of the 1982 Rokatenda dome to the right (e... [info]
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Ash emission at dawn, creating a plume rising more than 1 km (wide-angle image). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash emission at dawn, creating a plume rising more than 1 km (wide-angle image). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffe... [info]
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The glowing lava dome at night (30 Nov) and ash emission from a vent on the upper eastern side of the dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The glowing lava dome at night (30 Nov) and ash emission from a vent on the upper eastern side of th... [info]
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A larger incandescent rockfall at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A larger incandescent rockfall at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A huge block has broken off the upper eastern flank of the dome, exposing its glowing interior. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A huge block has broken off the upper eastern flank of the dome, exposing its glowing interior. (Pho... [info]
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Observing the lava dome with the tall ash plume rising and drifting west at dawn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Observing the lava dome with the tall ash plume rising and drifting west at dawn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiff... [info]
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Glowing avalanches and ash venting at dusk of 1 Dec. Part of the older 1982 Rokatenda lava dome to the left in the image (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Glowing avalanches and ash venting at dusk of 1 Dec. Part of the older 1982 Rokatenda lava dome to t... [info]
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Melissa and Richard observing the dome illuminated by moonlight (1 Dec) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Melissa and Richard observing the dome illuminated by moonlight (1 Dec) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Glowing rockfall from the moonlit lava dome (1 Dec). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Glowing rockfall from the moonlit lava dome (1 Dec). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The new lava dome, about 150 m tall and 2-300 m wide at its base in daylight - to the left, part of the 1982 lava dome is visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The new lava dome, about 150 m tall and 2-300 m wide at its base in daylight - to the left, part of ... [info]
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Rockfalls from Paluweh's active lava dome during the day, generating ash clouds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Rockfalls from Paluweh's active lava dome during the day, generating ash clouds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffe... [info]
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a larger rockfall on the SW side turns into a small pyroclastic flow reaching the base of the dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
a larger rockfall on the SW side turns into a small pyroclastic flow reaching the base of the dome. ... [info]
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Another small pyroclastic flow triggered by a rockfall on the eastern flank reaches the saddle between the 1982 and the new 2012 lava dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Another small pyroclastic flow triggered by a rockfall on the eastern flank reaches the saddle betwe... [info]
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The new lava dome seen from the top of an undated older lava dome adjacent to the south. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The new lava dome seen from the top of an undated older lava dome adjacent to the south. (Photo: Tom... [info]
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The limit of pyroclastic deposits at the southern base of the dome is marked by a narrow area of partly burned and ash covered vegetation. On some occasions, we could see blocks that had fallen from the dome ignite some wood in this area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The limit of pyroclastic deposits at the southern base of the dome is marked by a narrow area of par... [info]
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Irregularly shaped fresh extruded lava blocks at the upper part of the dome, which sticks out of the pyroclastic debris fan around it. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Irregularly shaped fresh extruded lava blocks at the upper part of the dome, which sticks out of the... [info]
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Many trees (on adjacent hills = older lava domes) in have suffered from the drought more than from light ash fall,- the rainy season has yet to come. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Many trees (on adjacent hills = older lava domes) in have suffered from the drought more than from l... [info]
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Close-up of an extruded block in the upper southern part of the dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Close-up of an extruded block in the upper southern part of the dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A collapse of a huge (several tens of meters) portion of the SW part of the dome was observed on the morning of 2 Dec, triggering a more pronounced (but still small) pyroclastic flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A collapse of a huge (several tens of meters) portion of the SW part of the dome was observed on the... [info]
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Glowing rockfalls at dusk (1 Dec). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Glowing rockfalls at dusk (1 Dec). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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