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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 (North Sulawesi, Indonesia) activity update

Friday Nov 09, 2012 06:59 AM | BY: T

SO2 plume above Soputan volcano on 9 Nov (NOAA)
SO2 plume above Soputan volcano on 9 Nov (NOAA)
A small SO2 plume is visible on today's satellite image for the North Sulawesi region. Increased degassing from the volcano could indicate some new activity there.
Previous news
Eruption from Soputan this afternoon (photo from Laurietha19 on twitter, s. credits)
Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012
A new explosive eruption occurred at Soputan volcano this afternoon local time and intensified around 15:00 GMT (11 pm local time) a few hours ago when VAAC Darwin reports an ash plume at flight level 300, i.e. rising to 30,000 ft or about 10 km. ... [more]
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012
A relatively strong eruption occurred at Soputan volcano in North Sulawesi Sunday night (21:50 local time, 15:50 UTC). The eruption lasted about 4 hours produced an large ash plume rising possibly high as 40,000 ft (ca. 12 km) VAAC Darwin reports, while local newspapers describe the height of the eruption column as 5 km that drifted north. The ash plume was last seen on satellite imagery early yesterday drifting 120 km SW at 20,000 ft elevation. ... [more]
Friday, Jun 01, 2012
An eruption alert was issued for Soputan volcano on North Sulawesi, Indonesia. ... [more]
Sunday, Jul 03, 2011
A strong eruption is occurring at Soputan volcano on North Sulawesi. Local news report that the volcano erupted a column of ash ("ash and smoke") of 5 km height earlier today (Sunday, 3 July). The Darwin VAAC even reports an ash plume at FL 460 (46,000 ft, ca. 14 km), which would be in fact indicating a major eruption. The ash plume is extending ca. 300 km to the west. [more]
Thursday, Oct 23, 2008
On 21 October, the alert level of Soputan was lowered to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) by the CVGHM, assuming that the October 6 eruption has ended. [more]

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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