Skip to comments.Volcano spews ash and rocks on Indonesia's Sulawesi (Also: Alaska Volcano)
Posted on 08/16/2007 3:22:23 AM PDT by bd476
Volcano spews ash and rocks on Indonesia's Sulawesi
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:51PM IST
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A volcano on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sulawesi island has started spewing ash and rocks, gradually sending lava debris down its slopes, but no evacuation had taken place, an official said on Tuesday.
Mount Soputan, 2,175 km northeast of the capital Jakarta, was no threat to the nearest village, located 11 km from its crater, even in the event of an actual eruption, said Saut Simatupang, head of Indonesia's Vulcanology Survey.
"We have not raised its alert status to the maximum because it is unlikely to erupt in a way that would harm the nearest village," Simatupang said by telephone from his office in the city of Bandung.
Another volcano only 175 km north of Mount Soputan has shown increased activity since last week, prompting officials to raise its alert status one notch on Saturday.
Mount Karangetang, on the diver's resort island Siau, is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia aside from Merapi and Krakatau, Simatupang said.
"We are keeping it on our watch list, but things look safe at the moment."
Indonesia has the highest number of active volcanoes in any country, sitting on a belt of intense volcanic and seismic activity known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire".
Kansas City Star
Posted on Wed, Aug. 15, 2007 10:15 PM
Alaskan volcano erupts
HOMER, Alaska | An Alaska volcano erupted Wednesday, sending ash more than 8,000 feet into the atmosphere.
Pavlof Volcano, which sits on the remote Alaska Peninsula 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, has not erupted for 11 years.
Eyewitnesses on several ships reported seeing incandescent blocks falling down the east-southeast flank of the volcano Tuesday night, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported Wednesday.
Alaskan volcano erupts
The Ring of Fire is very active.
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Next thing the Yellowstone mega-Caldera will erupt! All we have in Florida is a hurricane on its way.
I sure hope that doesn't happen anytime soon.
Hurricanes are terrible. I wouldn't want to be in the path of a hurricane. Batten down the hatches and stay safe!
Bush’s...aww, you know.
Lol, ya had to say it.
Visit the northern Rocky Mountain states while they are still there!
Ahhh... I’m guessing that this eruption explains the seismic activity reported in Alaska in the last 24 hours.
Thank you for the pings... A great learning opportunity in these last few hours alone! Makes it stick much better than reading a textbook in a classroom... (o:
Sent you this link on the other thread too: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/
I’m a little nervous...
Sounds like you have good reasons to be nervous. I know what you mean. The Northridge quake changed my attitude about earthquakes. But this small quake still made me nervous:
Los Angeles Earthquake Magnitude 4.5 - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
I’ll take wind and rain over magma anyday.
And you can draw that circle 365 days out of a year, every year.
Yep, and we are so dry, we will welcome the rain! A nice little cat3 would be welcome.
Thank you Strategerist — nothing like a “newbie” making assumptions on these things, eh? (o: Thank you for the information (and correction), I appreciate it! I’ll try to avoid attempts to interpret the data I see until I learn a little (a lot?) more about this whole subject! I’ll leave that to the experts — sometimes I scare MYSELF unnecessarily — and we don’t need that happening! ROFL (o;
That circle is known as the Ring of Fire, for obvious reasons.
Volcanoes spewing ash into the atmosphere....hmmm. How much you wanna bet that the global warming crowd uses this event as a “saving grace” when their theories are finally debunked?