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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): strong eruption on 4-5 Jan 2016

Friday Jan 08, 2016 12:05 PM | BY: T

Lava fountaining at Soputan volcano on 5 Jan 2016 (image: Sindonews)
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.
At least some of the explosions also triggered pyroclastic flows reaching the southern base of the summit cone. Moderately strong ash fall of 1-2 cm occurred in villages about 10 km to the NE of the volcano.
Apart from significant damage to farmland because of the ash cover, no injuries or damage to infrastructure were reported. The airport of Manado had to be closed for 2 days.
In the course of the second day (5 Jan), the activity at the volcano changed to violent lava fountaining from a fissure vent at the summit of the cone, producing lava flows that descended the cone. Activity ceased after around 6 January.
Previous news
Seismic recording of Soputan volcano today (image: Andi / VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia)
Monday, Oct 26, 2015
The volcano is calm at the surface, but seismic activity shows it is at unrest and might erupt again soon. ... [more]
Monday, Mar 09, 2015
Activity continues at the volcano, but has been decreasing. ... [more]
Eruption of Soputan volcano this morning (image: VSI)
Saturday, Mar 07, 2015
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. [more]
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]

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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