Kelud: Alert level Orange

Today, 10 Feb 2014 PVMBG (Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi) raised the alert status of Kelud mountain (Kelut, Gunung Kelud) to level III (of IV) from yellow alert (waspada) to orange alert (siaga). Gunung Kelud is a 1,731 m high stratovolcano located in East Java in Indonesia. Like many Indonesian volcanoes and others on…

The Road to Sinabung

We often have a tendency to believe that an eruption will come quickly after seeing an intrusion take place. Of course this is normally not the case, something that Sinabung has proven quite well. As the local Indonesian authorities are starting to issue warnings that Sinabung might be getting closer to a major eruption I…

Gunung Kelud – Or who poked a whole in the Volcano?

Volcano mitigation normally means monitoring and evacuation; very rarely does it involve altering a volcano to make it less deadly. There are many and good reasons for not doing any alterations in a volcano, but in some cases it is a good idea. Gunung Kelud – A brief summary The relatively small Indonesian volcano of…

Volcanoes silly season!

Mexicos Popocatepetl started it’s long awaited new eruptive phase after a dome extrusion. As I wrote a week ago the eruption was expected to be small, and so was the case. Everything points to a VEI-1 or VEI-2 eruption. The only real danger currently is lahars, but since the glacier ontop of the volcano has diminished…