Volcano Watch: Semeru Volcano – Increase in activity, alert level raised to 3

Posted on February 6, 2012

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A slight increase in activity of Semeru volcano’s activity has been observed by the Indonesian Geological Survey in recent weeks and its alert level was raised to 3 (out of 4, “watch”) on 3 February 2012, after it had been on level 2 since 16 July 2009.
Only small to moderate eruptions had been occurring over most of the past year. Between 29 December and 15 January, 8 explosions were counted which produced ash clouds up to 600 m high. One explosion threw incandescent bombs to a distance of 300 m from the Jonggring Seloko crater. During 15-29 January, only weak explosions were recorded and a small steam and ash plume rising 25-50 m was observed.
Between 30 and 31 January, 5 explosions were recorded.

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