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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 MOV SE REPOTED BY CVGHM AT 16/1648Z

Sunday Dec 16, 2018 23:15 PM |

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Darwin (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVAU02 at 23:08 UTC, 16/12/18 from ADRM
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20181216/2315Z
VAAC: DARWIN
VOLCANO: SOPUTAN 266030
PSN: N0106 E12444
AREA: INDONESIA
SUMMIT ELEV: 1784M
ADVISORY NR: 2018/25
INFO SOURCE: CVGHM, HIMAWARI-8
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: RED
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA TO FL120 MOV SE REPOTED BY CVGHM AT
16/1648Z
OBS VA DTG: 16/2315Z
OBS VA CLD: VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE FM SATELLITE DATA WIND
SFC/FL120 300/05KT
FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 17/0515Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 17/1115Z NO VA EXP
FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 17/1715Z NO VA EXP
RMK: CVGHM REPORTS THAT BASED ON SEISMOGRAPH ERUPTION HAS
STOPPED. VA IS NOT IDENTIFIABLE ON LATEST SATELLITE IMAGERY.
HOTSPOT OBSERVED. ADVISORY TERMINATED.
NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER ADVISORIES

Previous news
Eruption of Soputan today (image: PVMBG)
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018
A new, intense (but probably again short-lived) eruptive phase started at the volcano early this morning, producing tall lava fountains and an ash column that rose at least 5-7 km height. ... [more]
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]

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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