Rinjani volcano (Lombok): news & activity updates
Rinjani volcano (Lombok Island, Indonesia): eruption increased, ash plume forces Bali airport shut down
Wednesday Nov 04, 2015 15:52 PM | BY: T
Ash plume from Rinjani volcano drifting over Bali today (MODIS / NASA)
The eruption has intensified a lot over the past few days. Activity takes place from a lateral vent on the Barujari cone inside the volcano's caldera, producing continuous ash emissions and feeding a new viscous lava flow. The lava flow has been advancing more than 500 m in two lobes towards the NE.
View of the eruption yesterday (image: Ade Adrian / facebook)
This current more intense phase of the eruption seems ot have started in the early afternoon of 2 Nov, when ash emissions became large enough to produce a plume that drifted westwards and reached Bali, where the airport of Denpasar was shut down. The plume was almost 400 km long this morning and the shut-down of the airport has been causing significant flight disruptions. When it can be reopened will depend on whether ash emissions continue and the prevailing wind direction in the coming days.
On Lombok island itself, the rumblings from the eruptions are heard in many areas. Access to the summit area of Rinjani has been closed and a 3 km exclusion zone around the caldera rim is in place. Several villages on Lombok reported ash falls.
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- L'éruption du volcan Rinjani s'est intensifiée (Culture Volcan)
Monday, Nov 02, 2015
The activity that had started a week ago continues. Explosions continue to produce small ash plumes from vents on the upper flank of the Barujari cinder cone inside the volcano's caldera. [more]
Sunday, Oct 25, 2015
A small explosive eruption with ash emissions was reported from the volcano this morning. It seems to have occurred from the Baru Jari cone inside the caldera lake (and the site of all recent eruptions of the volcano) at around 10:45 local time. ... [more]
Monday, May 24, 2010
Rinjani volcano erupted again on Saturday and Sunday (22-23 May, 2010), sending ash to up to 2 km height and causing ash falls in surrounding villages. New reports mention lava flows from the active Baru Jari cone inside the Rinjani caldera into the lake. No fatalities or major damage were reported. [more]