Eruption of Mt. Kelut disrupted fresh water supply in districts around the volcano

Eruption of Mt. Kelut disrupted fresh water supply in districts around the volcano

Indonesian media is reporting major problems with fresh water supply in districts around Mount Kelut after strong eruption that occurred on February 13, 2014.

Springs were covered by volcanic materials, pipelines from the springs to the water tanks were damaged and they are still not repaired in the fear from fresh lava flows. Additionally, heavy rain is continually disrupting repair efforts.

Fresh water disruptions have occurred in four districts: Ngancar, Plosoklaten, Kepung and Puncu.

According to Kediri Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson, Adi Suwignyo, the residents have been forced to fetch water from other springs or rely on water provided through tank trucks.

Over 76 000 people living around the volcano were forced to evacuate. This was the largest volcano eruption since the 2010 eruption of Puyehue-Cordon Caulle in Chile

Mount Kelut erupted in the late hours of February 13, 2014 after just 2 hours of shallow earthquakes:

  • The explosion ejected an estimated 80 - 160 million m3 of tephra and ranks as a VEI 4 (or subplinian) event;
  • Eruption plume rose to up to 27 km altitude and produced an umbrella cloud at 19 km altitude that drifted over the Indian Ocean;
  • In terms of quantity of SO2 ejected into the atmosphere, the eruption was a very modest event and is not expected to affect Earth's climate; 
  • Explosion was heard in Yogyakarta, 200 km to the west
  • The explosion produced one of the largest-ever recorded volcano-related infrasound waves;
  • Official number of casualties is 4.




Featured image: Landsat 8 - NASA LAADS. Image processing: Rudiger Escobar Wolf

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