12 Juni 2009

Mount Soputan

Soputan is a stratovolcano in the northern arm of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It sits on the southern rim of the Tondano caldera, constructed in the Quarternary period, and is one of the most active volcanoes in Sulawesi.

Mount Soputan is situated in Tombatu,North Sulawesi, about 60 km from Manado or 10 km walk from Toure village. Soputan, 1825 meters in height, is still active, often times steaming and spewing volcanic ash.

Trekers will pass through plantations, as well as areas overun with "Edelweys" flowers, usually called "Bunga Abadi" or "Eternal Flower". Often times people choose to camp overnight in the Casuarina Forest before making the final accent which begins at 4:00 AM.

The 1,783-meter volcano sent up ashes 1,000 to 1,500 meters into the sky at 09.15 a.m. on Thursday.

"A number of villages in Southeast Minahasa district on which ashes had fallen have been put in a state of red alert," a spokesman for the Southeast Minahasa district administration, Ronny Suwarno, said here Thursday.

Ronny said the government would evacuate residents living on the volcano`s western slopes if the ashes continued to move in westerly direction.

"The government will keep monitoring the emission of ashes. If they show signs of increased activity we will evacuate the affected residents," he said.

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