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Soputan volcano
Stratovolcano 1784 m (5,853 ft)
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1.11°N / 124.73°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Soputan volcano eruptions:
1785, 1819, 1833(?), 1845, 1890, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1908-09, 1910, 1911-12, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1923-24, 1947, 1953, 1966-67, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991-96, 2000-03, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Typical eruption style:
Explosive, construction of lava domes, pyroclastic flows, strombolian activity.
Last earthquakes nearby
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Volcano Special: Ibu - Dukono - Lokon (14 days volcano tour to erupting Dukono and Ibu volcanoes in Halmahera)
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Volcano news: Soputan

latest (2016) | 2015 | 2014 | archive
Fri, 13 May 2016, 15:51
Seismic activity of Soputan during recent weeks (VSI)
On 21 April, VSI lowered the alert level from 3 to 2 (on a scale of 1-4), following a decrease in seismic and visible activity from the volcano.
Thu, 31 Mar 2016, 09:11
Seismic activity at Soputan during the past months (VSI)
In its latest report, VSI describes continuing elevated seismic activity, including shallow volcanic earthquakes and avalanches that indicate slow magma extrusion from the main vent. ...more
Mon, 14 Mar 2016, 16:19
Glow from Soputan this morning (photo: Ingrid / VolcanoDiscovery)
A small group of VolcanoDiscovery just returned from a visit to Soputan. While clouds prevented detailed observations most of the time, glow was visible from the summit at night and moderate steaming during the day. ...more [read all]
Wed, 2 Mar 2016, 16:08
Seismic activity at Soputan over the past year (red lines=explosion signals, guguran=avalanche signals)
The volcano has remained calm since its last eruption on 6-7 February, but continues to show significant signs of unrest. Its alert level is being maintained at 3 on the Indonesian scale of 1-4. ...more [read all]
Tue, 9 Feb 2016, 12:05
Explosions on 6 Feb occurred at 13:00, 14:37, and 20:08 local time. Observers 10 km away saw dense reddish gray ash plumes rising 3 km above the crater. At 01:06, 02:04, 0311, and 03:20 on 7 February Strombolian activity ejected tephra as high as 1 km above the crater. ...more [read all]
Sat, 6 Feb 2016, 11:42
Forecast of ash plume from Soputan's eruption this morning (VAAC Darwin)
A larger explosive-effusive eruption was reported to have occurred about two hours ago (10:15 UTC). At 11:45 UTC, Darwin VAAC issued alerts to aviation about an ash plume that had risen to estimated 23,000 ft (7 km) altitude and has been drifting NW. Aviation color code was immediately raised to RED. ...more [read all]
Fri, 8 Jan 2016, 12:05
Lava fountaining at Soputan volcano on 5 Jan 2016 (image: Sindonews)
A powerful explosive eruption occurred at the volcano during 4-6 January. It began with a series of at least 4 powerful explosions between 20:50 on 4 Jan and up to the next morning, producing tall ash plumes that rose 4-6 km above the volcano and drifted north. ...more [read all]
latest (2016) | 2015 | 2014 | archive

Background:

The small Soputan stratovolcano on the southern rim of the Quaternary Tondano caldera on the northern arm of Sulawesi Island is one of Sulawesi's most active volcanoes.  The youthful, largely unvegetated volcano rises to 1784 m and is located SW of Sempu volcano.  It was constructed at the southern end of a SSW-NNE trending line of vents.  During historical time the locus of eruptions has included both the summit crater and Aeseput, a prominent NE-flank vent that formed in 1906 and was the source of intermittent major lava flows until 1924.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution


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