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Soputan volcano
Stratovolcano 1784 m (5,853 ft)
North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1.11°N / 124.73°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 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 Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA TO FL120 EXT S 5KTS OBS VA DTG: 15/1800Z

Saturday Dec 15, 2018 18:15 PM |

Satellite image of Soputan volcano on 15 Dec 2018
Satellite image of Soputan volcano on 15 Dec 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Darwin (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVAU02 at 17:58 UTC, 15/12/18 from ADRM
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181215/1800Z
VAAC: DARWIN
VOLCANO: SOPUTAN 266030
PSN: N0106 E12444
AREA: INDONESIA
SUMMIT ELEV: 1784M
ADVISORY NR: 2018/17
INFO SOURCE: HIMAWARI-8, GROUND REPORT
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: ORANGE
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA TO FL120 EXT S 5KTS
OBS VA DTG: 15/1800Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL120 N0110 E12444 - N0107 E12448 - N0102
E12445 - N0104 E12441 - N0108 E12440 MOV S 5KT
FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 16/0000Z SFC/FL120 N0109 E12444 - N0032
E12532 - S0013 E12524 - N0009 E12442 - N0107 E12441
FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 16/0600Z SFC/FL120 N0107 E12441 - N0110
E12444 - N0049 E12539 - N0004 E12541 - N0015 E12454
FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 16/1200Z SFC/FL120 N0109 E12443 - N0113
E12534 - N0041 E12601 - N0015 E12524 - N0106 E12441
RMK: VA OBS ON 15/1720Z SAT IMAGERY, EXT S. GROUND REPORT
RECEIVED AT 15/1718Z FOR INCREASED SEISMIC ACTIVITY. HEIGHT
BASED ON IT TEMP OF 8C. FORECAST BASED ON HIMAWARI-8, MONADO
15/1200Z SOUNDING AND ACCESS R MODEL GUIDANCE.
NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20181216/0000Z

Previous news
Sunday, Oct 14, 2018
The level of activity is continuing to decline. Seismicity appears to have returned to pre-eruption pattern of low rates. A renewal of high activity remains possible at this highly active volcano, though may be a little less likely than last week. [more]
Seismic activity has dropped off as seen on the official graph. Credit: MAGMA Indonesia
Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018
Activity at Soputan has decreased since the strong eruptive episode on October 3. Seismicity has dropped to pre-eruption levels and only minor steaming from the summit crater has been observed. Activity could, however, increase again at any time, and the alert level remains at 3 (on a scale of 1-4). [more]
Soputan seen from the NE side, taken by our tour guide Donald Tapehe (VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia)
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
The volcano erupted this morning at 08:47 local time. The eruption consisted of a sudden large vulcanian explosion which lasted 6 minutes and sent a vertical ash column to approx. 4 km height above the volcano and caused light to moderate ash falls in nearby areas to the W and NW. ... [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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