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Stratovolcano 1784 m (5,853 ft)
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1.11°N / 124.73°ECurrent status
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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, 2016Typical eruption style:
Explosive, construction of lava domes, pyroclastic flows, strombolian activity.Last earthquakes nearby
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Volcano news: Soputan
Soputan volcano (N-Sulawesi, Indonesia): increasing activity, active lava flow
Monday Jan 19, 2015 14:59 PM | BY: T
Glowing rockfalls and lava flow on the western slope of Soputan (Fiqman Sunandar/Metronews)
The viscous lava flow on the upper flank of Soputan (Fiqman Sunandar/Metronews)
A viscous lava flow lobe is active on the western flank of the summit cone. Spectacular incandescent rockfalls accompany this effusive activity.
According to volcano chaser John Seach on twitter, an explosion occurred earlier today, producing a 20,000 ft ash plume and pyroclastic flows. Although this information has not been confirmed by other sources, the eruption, similar to Sinabung's still ongoing one, is entering a potentially very dangerous phase.
A safety radius of 6.5 km around the volcano's summit is in place.
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Sunday, Jan 18, 2015
An eruption occurred today, producing an ash plume rising to 5-6 km altitude. Darwin VAAC raised the alert level to red. ...
Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015
The volcano erupted this morning at 02:45 local time with a strong explosion from the summit lava dome. It sent an 6 km tall ash column to approx. 26,000 ft (8,5 km) altitude. ...
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
Alert level was decreased to "Waspada" or 2 out of 4 recently as visual and seismic activity have decreased at the volcano recently.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
As the 5th volcano in Indonesia currently on orange alert, the alert level of Soputan was raised to "siaga" (or 3 on a scale of 1-4) by VSI this morning. The decision came as a result of a marked increase in seismic activity over the past day. ...
Saturday, Jun 15, 2013
VSI decreased the alert level back to level 2. The volcano is currently quiet and only degassing.
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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