Sinabung (Indonesia) – Report for 26 August-1 September 2020 – NEW

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program. Updated by 2300 UTC every Wednesday, these notices are preliminary and subject to change as events are studied in more detail. This is not a comprehensive list of eruptions during the week, but rather a summary of activity that meet selected criteria. Carefully reviewed, detailed reports are published monthly in the Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network. The World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) website ( lists the regional volcano observatories that have the most authoritative data for many of these events.

A new eruption, or volcanic unrest was detected by volcanologists and published by the GVP. The details are summarized in the following message:

PVMBG reported that white-and-gray plumes rose as high as 2 km above Sinabung?s summit and drifted in multiple directions during 18-20, 23-25, and 31 August. An eruptive event was recorded at 0517, though weather conditions prevented visual confirmation. White plumes were seen rising 100-400 m during 22 and 26-30 August. Notably, at 1823 on 19 August an ash plume rose 4 km above the crater rim and drifted ESE. At 0741 on 23 August a gray ash plume rose 1.5 km and drifted E; pyroclastic flows traveled about 1 km down the E and SE flanks. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4), with a general exclusion zone of 3 km and extensions to 5 km on the SE sector and 4 km in the NE sector.

Source: Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG, also known as CVGHM)