Soputan, a stratovolcano on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, erupted this morning, Sunday, December 16, at a likely VEI3, sending ash more than 24,600 above the crater.
If confirmed, that would make it Soputan’s seventh VEI3 eruption since late 2007 (start of solar minimum of cycle 23), and would indicate a clear uptick — there were only four confirmed VEI3 eruptions in the previous 233 years, going back to December 1785! (Smithsonian Institution)
The volcano fired into life around 3 am local time and emitted a plume of ash that reached more than 24,600 feet above the crater, according to a statement from the PVMBG Soputan Volcano Observation Post.
The ash is a big concern for local authorities. Some 20,000 masks have been distributed to help residents avert respiratory issues.
In addition, residents have also been warned of the threat of lava flows, especially in rivers originating around the slopes of Mount Soputan — such as the Ranowangko, Lawian, Popang, and Londala Kalewahu Rivers.
The government has imposed an exclusionary zone with a 2.5-mile radius and increased the radius to 4 miles to the west and southwest. Towns and villages within the zone are being evacuated.
Seismic activity is still reported as high at time of writing, the eruption and tremors are ongoing.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The global uptick in earthquakes and volcanoes we’re witnessing is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
Check out this link for more info: https://principia-scientific.org/do-cosmic-rays-trigger-earthquakes-volcanic-eruptions/
Grand Solar Minimum