Saturday, October 20, 2007

Kelut Volcano, Indonesia - John Seach

Kelut Volcano in Indonesia remains dangerous, with signs of an imminent eruption. On Friday 19th October 2007 there was volcanic tremor recorded for an hour. This indicates magma is trying to break through to the surface. Summit lake temperature has further increased to 38.1 deg C. Five people have been taken to hospital after breathing poisonous gas while working on their farms. Earlier this month two photographers fainted while approaching the crater.

Kelut volcano has been the location of some of Indonesia's most deadly eruptions.Kelut is located about 90 kilometers from Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.Typical eruptions are short and violent, and produce pyroclastic flows and lahars. The crater lake contained 38 million cubic metres of water before a series of tunnels was made in 1926 to keep the water level at 1.8 million cubic metres (1133 m above sea level).
In 1901 ash fell at Serang 650 km from the volcano. Lava flows have not been detected in historical times.
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