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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.
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Volcano news: Soputan

Soputan volcano (N-Sulawesi, Indonesia): new eruption on 6 Oct 08

Wednesday Oct 15, 2008 10:54 AM |

A new small eruption took place at the lava dome of Soputan volcano on 6 October. Ash explosions produced plumes rising to 2.8 km (9,200 ft) a.s.l. and were accompanied by Strombolian activity that ejected incandescent material 50-150 m above the crater. On 7 October, white plumes rose to altitudes of 2.3-3.3 km (7,500-10,800 ft) a.s.l. Incandescent material was again ejected 50-150 m from the crater. Incandescent rockfalls traveled 500 m W. The next day, plumes rose to an altitude of 2 km (6,600 ft) a.s.l. and in the following days, the activity decreased.
Previous news
Sunday, Jun 08, 2008
Soputan volcano started to erupt again on 6 June, producing ash plumes 2-3 km heigh and pyroclastic flows triggered by its growing lava dome that reached 4 km distance from the volcano. [more]
Saturday, Nov 03, 2007
CVGHM reported that white and gray plumes from Soputan on 25, 26, 30 and 31 October rose to altitudes of 1.8-3.3 km. A lava flow traveled between 500-600 m down the W flank on 25 October. The Alert Level remained at 3 and villagers and tourists are advised not to go within a 6 km radius of the summit. [more]
Monday, Aug 20, 2007
Soputan volcano remains active, producing small to medium ash explosions at irregular intervals. Observed ash plumes reach a maximum of 3-5 km height. [more]
Saturday, Dec 23, 2006

According to the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia,  seismic signals from rockfalls increased at Soputan during 11-13 December. On 14 December, ash clouds rose to an altitude of 2 km (6,600 ft) a.s.l. and ash fell within a 15 km radius of the peak. The emissions were accompanied by thunderous noises that were heard 8 km from the peak. On 15 December the Alert Level was raised from 2 to 3 (on a scale of 1-4) due to this increase in activity.

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006

As our correspondant Donald Tapehe from Manado reports, Soputan is getting restless: "Also Mt. Soputan has been showing activity. The local government has determined to raise alert status for all people who live near Mt. Soputan. One week ago my friend (a climber) told me that he saw yellow/brown smoke on the peak of Mt. Soputan from the caldera. Now, it's difficult to take breathe at the campsite, because of the poisonous gasses which blow up from the old crater." 



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.

Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution


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