Small eruptions continue intermittendly at Lokon volcano (North Sulawesi)

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Lokon volcano near Manado town in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, continues to erupt sporadically.  Andi Rosadi from VolcanoDiscovery Indonesian team climbed the volcano on 24 Oct and saw 2 eruptions on 26 Oct. Lokon is located near the popular Tomohon resort town in the Minahasa Highlands.

Mt. Lokon has a flat, craterless top. The younger Empung volcano has a 400-m-wide, 150-m-deep crater that erupted last in the 18th century, but all subsequent eruptions have originated from Tompaluan, a 150 x 250 m wide double crater situated in the saddle between the two peaks. Historical eruptions have primarily produced small-to-moderate ash plumes that have occasionally damaged croplands and houses, but lava-dome growth and pyroclastic flows have also occurred. (VolcanoDiscovery)

 

The volcano erupted on 15 July 2011, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. Indonesia has 129 volcanoes including Mount Lokon. The last major eruption of Mount Lokon before in 1991, killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

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