Thursday, April 17, 2008

Papandayan Volcano, Indonesia - John Seach

Papandayan Volcano in Indonesia has been upgraded to level 2 alert (out of maximun 4) after an increase in seismic activity, and solfatara temperature. On 15th April there were 113 volcanic earthquakes compared to 6 on 11th April. There has been an increase in solfatara temperatures in two craters, Kawah Mas (245-262 deg C), and Kawah Balagadama (91-116 deg C). Mineral concentration has increased and pH decreased at two water filled craters ((Kawah Baru and Kawah Balagadama). Visual observations at the crater on 15th April showed thin white emissions 50 m above the crater. There is a 1 km exclusion zone around the crater.
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