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Paluweh volcano (Flores, Indonesia): situation on the island remains critical

Thursday Feb 14, 2013 11:34 AM | BY: T

NASA Earth Observatory image of Paluweh on 12 Feb 2013 by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon
NASA Earth Observatory image of Paluweh on 12 Feb 2013 by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon
A report published by the Indonesian Volcanological Survey (VSI) indicates that the intense eruptive phase on 3 Feb caused the collapse of about 1/4 of the volume of the dome, a little more one million cubic meters.
VSI points out that the main hazard zones for pyroclastic flows, if the dome continues to grow, include now also the valleys to the west and south-east, in addition to the open valley to the south (that already was invaded by pyroclastic flows, visible on the recent NASA space image).
The situation on the island remains critical. Many villages are now directly in this danger area (Nitunglea, Rokirole, Tuanggeo, Ona, Wolondopo).
Significant ash fall may also occur, with the usual consequences (pollution of drinking water supplies, eye, epidermal, respiratory problems etc.)
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