Report on Soputan (Indonesia) — 30 April-6 May 2014
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 30 April-6 May 2014
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2014. Report on Soputan (Indonesia). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 30 April-6 May 2014. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
1.112°N, 124.737°E; summit elev. 1785 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
PVMBG reported that during April diffuse white plumes from Soputan rose at most 100 m. During 30 April-1 May seismic activity significantly increased, characterized by signals indicating deep volcanic earthquakes and avalanches. On 1 May the Alert Level was raised to 3 (on a scale of 1-4). Residents and tourists were advised not to approach the craters within a radius of 6.5 km.
Geologic Background. The Soputan stratovolcano on the southern rim of the Quaternary Tondano caldera on the northern arm of Sulawesi Island is one of Sulawesi's most active volcanoes. The youthful, largely unvegetated volcano is located SW of Riendengan-Sempu, which some workers have included with Soputan and Manimporok (3.5 km ESE) as a volcanic complex. It was constructed at the southern end of a SSW-NNE trending line of vents. During historical time the locus of eruptions has included both the summit crater and Aeseput, a prominent NE-flank vent that formed in 1906 and was the source of intermittent major lava flows until 1924.