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Indonesia: Mt Lokon erupts 12 July 2011

Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Indonesia, Lokon-Empung.
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Following some days of low-level eruptive activity the alert level for Mount Lokon volcano (part of the twin volcano Lokon-Empung) on Sulawesi island in Indonesia was raised to the highest level yesterday, an exclusion zone was set up and evacuation orders were imposed (see the report on all these measures at Eruptions). Today Lokon confirmed that all these things were done with good reason by producing a full-scale eruption and forcing the evacuation of 1000 people. There is not much further information about the character and size of this eruption at the moment, but it is clearly a significant event that is causing concern in Indonesia — Lokon is a mere 20 km from North Sulawesi’s capital city, Manado.

News
Volcano alert in Indonesia – IOL News, 11 July 2011
Indonesia raises alert level at volcano near major cityJakarta Globe, 11 July 2011
Evacuations for Indonesia volcano alertSydney Morning Herald, 11 July 2011
North Sulawesi’s Mt. Lokon erupts – Tempo Interaktif, 12 July 2011
Erupting Indonesia volcano forces 1,000 to flee – CBS News, 12 July 2011

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Lokon-Empung – summary information for Lokon-Empung (0606-10=)
Volcanological Survey of Indonesia – information and status reports in Indonesian

The Volcanism Blog