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Tangkubanparahu (also known as Tangkuban Perahu) is a broad shield-like stratovolcano overlooking Indonesia's former capital city of Bandung. Its scenic beauty and the closeness to Bandung makes it a very popular tourist destination.
Phreatic eruptions occurred from the crater on Saturday and Sunday morning (at 06.21 and 03:37 WIB, respectively). The eruptions lasted about 10 minutes and produced small ash plumes. Volcanologists measured strong tremor accompanying the eruptions. ...more
Access to the crater (a popular tourist spot in the vicinity of the regional capital Bandung) was closed within a radius of 1.5 km. [less]
The alert level was back to normal (1 out of 4) yesterday. VSI reports that the recent monitoring have shown a significant decrease in seismicity since 9 March and no significant variations in ground deformation. ...more
Various other measurements undertaken by volcanologists (gas analysis, temperature measurements) also showed trends towards normal behavior. (Source: activolcans.info / VSI) [less]
Eruptive activity has started in the form of intermittent ash explosions from the crater since 4 March. So far, the explosions were small and phreatic in origin (no fresh magma involved, caused by overheated groundwater), according to Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) in Bandung. ...more
Explosions continued yesterday and today with an increasing trend. One today lasted 8 minutes and produced an ash plume several hundred meters high, which caused some panic among people near the crater. The current activity could be the start of more vigorous eruptions if magma has begun to rise towards the surface. 1500 people, mostly vendors and tourists were evacuated from the crater. [less]
VSI raised the alert level yesterday from "normal" to "alert" (2 on a scale of 1-4, "Waspada). ...more
The decision was based on an increase in tremor and the discovery of fine ash deposits on tourist facilities located at the edge of Kawah Ratu. It is recommended to prohibit access to Kawah Ratu, the historically active crater, and a major local tourist attraction. [less]
The unrest that had started in mid August at Tangkubanparahu ceased and PVMBG placed the volcano back from Waspada (watch, yellow) to normal alert level (green). ...more
During the second half of August, there had been increased seismic activity and elevated gas emissions. During September, seismicity gradually decreased and no more tremor appeared since 17 Sep. Measurements made at fumaroles showed only modest changes. This led to the decision yesterday to reduce the level of activity, but the Volcnological Survey of Indonesia (VSI) underlines that the H2S and SO2 emissions are still relatively high and could pose a safety hazard when there is no wind and recommends not to approach the vents. [less]
The Tangkuban Parahu nature tourism park was closed on Monday due to a rise in volcanic activity, the Jakarta Post reported. ...more
Vendors and visitors should not go up to the crater at the moment, the head of the West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency, Sigit Udjwalaprana, was quoted. The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency had recently raised the status of Mt. Tangkuban Parahu from normal-active, or level 1, to alert, or level 2, on Aug. 23. [less]
An increase in seismic activity at Tangkubanperahu volcano near Bandung, the capital of West Java, has been detected since 13 August and promted the Indonesian Volcanological survey (PVMBG) to increase the alert level of the volcano from 1 (normal) to 2 (alert) on 23 August. ...more
Between 1 July and 23 Aug, 264 volcanic earthquakes were recorded, which is almost double to values measured during similar periods of time at the beginning of the year. In addition, pulses of volcanic tremor could be recognized. [less]
Increased seismic activity might signal a new eruption from Mt. Tangkuban Perahu volcano near Bandung, West Java's capital. On Wednesday, 3 October, 100 earthquakes were recorded, according to a local volcanologist. ...more
Local and foreign tourists are asked to stay away from the crater of Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. "We are afraid that the volcano will erupt suddenly," Syamsul Rizal, a senior official with the directorate, is cited in the article in the Jakarta Post. [less]
Tangkuban Parahu, a volcano in west Java very near the regional capital Bandung (2 million inhabitants) might be coming back to life very soon. The Volcanological Survey of Indonesia has raised the alert level and reports strongly increased seismicity, and strong emission of sulphuric gasses since today. Access to the volcano is fobidden.
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