The Soputan volcano has started erupting in Sulawesi, Indonesia, just after the island was struck by a deadly and catastrophic M7.5 earthquake on September 28, 2018. It is unknown if the earthquake has triggered the eruption. But these are two major geological phenomena to hit Sulawesi within 5 days. A lot of activity over there right now. People keep safe!
The PVMBG has increased the alert level of the volcano from 2 to 3 / Siaga, with a restriction zone of 4-6.5 km radius around the summit.
OMG that first video is crazy!
Video ini HOAX. Ini bukan lava Gunung Soputan. Gunung Soputan meletus pada 3/8/2018 pukul 08.47 WITA. Tapi tidak mengeluarkan lava keluar dari kawah. Abaikan dan delete jika menerima video ini di medsos. pic.twitter.com/EfHU8UH80t
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) 3 octobre 2018
According to seismometers data, the seismicity under the volcano has suddenly increased from 2-6 events to 851 events on October 2, 2018.
The eruption took place on October 3, 2018 1:00am local time and ejected an ash plume more than 4,000 meters in the air (5,800 meters asl). The maximum seismic amplitude was 39 mm and lasted about 6 minutes.
A volcano has erupted on Sulawesi island in Indonesia, the same island devastated a by an earthquake and tsunami that has killed more than 1,200 people.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 3, 2018
Three further eruptions occurred at 10:44, 11:12 and 11:52 respectively, accompanied by ashplumes of 2,000 m, 2,500 m, and finally 5,000 m. above the summit, respectively.
The Vona was increased in stages from yellow on October 2, to orange on October 3 at 9:09, and red at 12:18.
Just a few hours before Soputan, on October 2, 2018 Anak Krakatau also erupted strongly. The below video by CNN shows this nightly eruption as well as other pictures of the Soputan eruption.
Take care and be prepared for any volcanic eruptions around you…
Magma Indonesia – Peningkatan Status Gunung Soputan, Sulawesi Utara pada 3 Oktober 2018 pukul 01:00 WITA
Magma Indonesia – Erupsi Gunungapi Soputan (Sulawesi Utara) 3 Oktober 2018
VONA – Soputan volcano red alert