Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Semeru
in Indonesia

Event summary

Volcanic eruption Semeru can have a low humanitarian impact based on the exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID VO 1000007
Name: Semeru
Lat/Lon: -8.108 , 112.922
Event Date: 01 Dec 2020 00:00 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 870000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 19740000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 3
Population Exposure Index PEI: 5
Inserted at: 01 Dec 2020 07:05 UTC


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Indonesia - Volcanic activity (ECHO 01 Dec 2020)Tue, 01 Dec 2020 02:00

  • The activity ofLewotolo Volcano (Lembata Regency, Solor Archipelago, south-eastern Indonesia) continues, as the latest eruption occurred on 30 November at 15.20 UTC.
  • The observed volcanic ash reached up to 2,123 m, and authorities extended the prohibition of any activity within 4 km radius from the centre of the volcano. About 4,628 individuals living in the disaster-prone area ofLewotolo have been displaced to 7 evacuation centres, and there is a need for sanitation and relief items to assist the local population, as reported by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).
  • Evacuation operations are ongoing also in East Java Province, after the eruption of Mount Semeru on 1 December. According to authorities, about 550 residents have been displaced, and any activity has been prohibited within a 4 km radius of the active crater of Mount Semeru.
  • According to the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), the red aviation colour code remains for Lewotolo, and an orange aviation colour code has been issued for Semeru.
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report provides information about global volcanism on a weekly basis. Latest Semeru report has been published on 25 Nov 2020 16:43.
PVMBG reported that the eruption at Semeru continued during 17-24 November, though weather conditions sometimes prevented visual confirmation. Dense white-to-gray plumes rose up to 300 m above the summit. Crater incandescence was visible at night during 19-20 November and 11 incandescent avalanches traveled 500-1,500 m down the Kembar and Kobokan drainages on the S flank. Two eruptive events produced gray ash plumes that rose 100-200 m above the summit and drifted SW during 23-24 November. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4), with a general exclusion zone of 1 km and extensions to 4 km in the SSE sector. Source: Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG, also known as CVGHM)
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (31), (1), INGV (2), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),