Large pyroclastic flows recorded as Mount Sinabung erupts, Indonesia

Large pyroclastic flows recorded as Mount Sinabung erupts, Indonesia

Indonesian Sinabung volcano erupted on February 26, 2016, sending thick smoke and ash up to 4.2 km (14 000 feet) a.s.l. and producing very large and impressive pyroclastic flows.

According to Agus Salihin, a volcanologist at the Sinabung observation post, yesterday's eruption was one of the biggest since early 2015.

Video courtesy RT

Photographer Endro Leva managed to take a few shots of abandoned homes burning after pyroclastic flows.

After being dormant for 400 years, Sinabung has been erupting continually since August 2010.

Update, February 28:

Ultra HD videos of the February 26th eruptions have been uploaded to YouTube today. One second of each video is equivalent to around 240 seconds in real time. 

Videos courtesy of TS Zhang

Geological summary

Gunung Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano with many lava flows on its flanks. The migration of summit vents along a N-S line gives the summit crater complex an elongated form. The youngest crater of this conical, 2460-m-high andesitic-to-dacitic volcano is at the southern end of the four overlapping summit craters.

An unconfirmed eruption was noted in 1881, and solfataric activity was seen at the summit and upper flanks in 1912. No confirmed historical eruptions were recorded prior to explosive eruptions during August-September 2010 that produced ash plumes to 5 km above the summit. (GVP)

Featured image: Pyroclastic flows produced at Sinabung volcano on February 26, 2016. Credit: RT

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