Indonesia – The Sangeang Api Volcano (Gunung Api or Gunung Sangeang) has erupted in the Sunda Islands in Indonesia. It lies off the NE coast of Sumbawa Island.
A major explosive eruption occurred at 08:30 UTC 30/5/2014 (6.30pm AEST).
An ash column estimated to be between 50 thousand and 65 thousand feet and rising was created from the explosion.
An earthquake with the magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale is associated with the eruption.
Sangeang Api part of the “Ring of Fire”
Sangeang Api is an active complex volcano on the island of Sangeang in Indonesia which is associated with the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire”.
It lies on the Indo-Australian plate that abuts the Eurasian plate near the Java trench.
The volcano has two volcanic cones:
- Doro Api Kalubu Crater 1,949 metres (6,394 ft), and
- Doro Mantoi 1,795 m (5,889 ft) .
Since the area was evacuated in 1985 the Island has remained largely uninhabited.
The Island is still used for agriculture and farmers who work on the Island but do not live there were asked to leave and not return until after the volcano finishes erupting.
Sangeang Api has caused concern in the past with several confirmed eruptions since 1911. Records of eruptions have been recorded since 1512.
In May last year, the alert level was raised to 3 after increased seismic activity in the area but after a lull it was reduced back to 2 in June.
The last eruption occurred in 1999.
Sangeang Api Aviation Code Red
Aviation color code is on red.
Flight interruptions are expected in Australia. The airport in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory is currently closed as the ash cloud from the eruption is expected to interfere with flights in the area.
A number of flights have been cancelled today. If you’re flying, you will need to contact your airline: http://t.co/gGBhOW5ijU
— Darwin Airport (@Darwinairport) May 31, 2014