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Soputan, Indonesia – eruption reported 6 October 2008

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According to an Associated Press report Mount Soputan on Sulawesi island in Indonesia has erupted today, producing a 1km eruption column. Soputan is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes. The most recent eruptive activity there was reported in June this year.

UPDATE: Press reports say that Soputan is at yellow alert, but it is shown on the VSI website as being at orange alert, which is the second-highest alert level.

News
Indonesian volcano erupts, spews flame and smoke – Associated Press, 6 October 2008
Indonesian volcano erupts, spews flame and smoke (the AP report again) – International Herald Tribune, 6 October 2008

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Soputan – summary information for Soputan (0606-03=)
Direktorat Vulkanologi Indonesia – Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia

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Eruption at Soputan, Indonesia 6 June 2008

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Reports from Indonesia today say that Soputan on Sulawesi Island, which is among Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, is currently erupting. ABC News (Australia) quotes an Indonesian volcanologist as saying that the volcano is ‘sending heat clouds as far as four kilometres and throwing ash two kilometres into the air’. In Indonesia, ‘heat clouds’ generally means pyroclastic flows. There is as yet no order to evacuate but the authorities are maintaining a high alert and have imposed a 6km exclusion zone.

The Eruptions blog has more coverage.

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Soputan – summary information for Soputan (0606-03=)
Direktorat Vulkanologi Indonesia – Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia

News
Volcano erupts in Indonesia – ABC News, 7 June 2008
Mount Soputan spewing sand and thick smoke – ANTARA News, 7 June 2008
Volcano erupts in IndonesiaSydney Morning Herald, 7 June 2008

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