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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): explosive eruption with pyroclastic flows

Saturday Mar 07, 2015 17:29 PM | BY: T

Eruption of Soputan volcano this morning (image: VSI)
Eruption of Soputan volcano this morning (image: VSI)
A new explosive eruptive phase occurred this morning, producing an ash plume that rose 4.5 km from the volcano's summit and pyroclastic flows that traveled 2.5 km.
Previous news
Front of Soputan's active lava flow on 5 Feb (photo: Andi / VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia)
Thursday, Feb 12, 2015
The eruption continues with an active viscous lava flow on the upper western flank. Occasional explosions such as this morning produce ash plume that rise to 3-4 km altitude, i.e. 1.5-2 km above the volcano. [more]
Sunday, Feb 08, 2015
Activity remains elevated. An explosion produced an ash plume to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude this morning. [more]
Active lava flow at Soputan volcano (image: newzulu.com)
Saturday, Feb 07, 2015
The eruption continues at the volcano. It feeds a viscous lava flow about 500 m long on the volcano's upper western flank. ... [more]
Thursday, Feb 05, 2015
The volcano remains active, producing explosions and incandescent rockfalls as our correspondant Andi reported. On 2 February, an ash plume from Soputan rose to an altitude of 6.1 km (20,000 ft) a.s.l. [more]
Soputan's activity yesterday (?) (Photo: Ist / Manado Express)
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015
The eruption of the volcano continues. The new lava flow seems to have descended almost to the base of the summit cone, accompanied by abundant glowing rockfalls. Intermittent explosions, although decreasing in intensity during the past 2 days, still produce ash emissions that reach 3-4 km altitude. ... [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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