Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung on June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung on June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows have again been observed at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia early June 19, 2015. There are no confirmed historical eruptions of this volcano recorded prior to explosive eruptions during August - September 2010 that produced ash plumes to 5 km above the summit.

According to reports received by 09:00 UTC, pyroclastic flows today are reaching 3 km to the southeast, ash column is rising up to 2 km. 

Video credit EarthUncut TV.

BNPB said six eruption on June 13  generated ash plumes that rose 1 - 2 km high and pyroclastic flows that traveled as far as 3 km SE. At 2140 about 200 people from Sukanalu village were ordered to evacuate. The report noted that 2,053 families (6,179 people) had been living in temporary shelters since June 2014.

The Alert Level remains at 4 (on a scale of 1-4).

Geologic summary

Gunung Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano with many lava flows on its flanks. The migration of summit vents along a N-S line gives the summit crater complex an elongated form. The youngest crater of this conical, 2460-m-high andesitic-to-dacitic volcano is at the southern end of the four overlapping summit craters.

An unconfirmed eruption was noted in 1881, and solfataric activity was seen at the summit and upper flanks in 1912.

No confirmed historical eruptions were recorded prior to explosive eruptions during August - September 2010 that produced ash plumes to 5 km above the summit. (GVP)

Featured image: Mount Sinabung pyroclastic flow on June 19, 2015. Credit: EarthUncut TV.

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