A high-level eruption took place at the symmetrical stratovolcano “Lewotolo” at 01:50 UTC on November 29, located on Lembata Island, Indonesia.
According to the Darwin VAAC, a thick volcanic ash cloud was discernible on satellite imagery (Himawari-8, Copernicus Sentinel-2) rising to maximum altitude of 50,000 feet (15.2 km).
As a result, the Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.
Particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10 km) –and so into the stratosphere– often linger and can have a direct cooling effect on the planet.
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) has advised that an area with a radius of 1.2 miles (2 km) around the summit of the volcano be evacuated.
The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) is still coordinating with relevant authorities to assess the impact of the eruption — however, initial indications reveal that an estimated 487,833 people are exposed to the hazard, with USD$1.38 Billion of infrastructure at risk.
According to CVGHM, Lewotolok has been in Alert Level II status since Oct. 7, 2017 following a significant increase in seismicity, especially local tectonic earthquakes, deep volcanic and shallow volcanic since mid-Sept. 2017.
Before that though, there had been little to no seismic activity since 2012.
Finally, last Thursday, on Nov. 26, 2020 Lewotolo awoke, sending a small but dense gray-black ash plume to 1,640 feet (500 m).
Stratovolcano: 1423 m / 4,669 ft
Central Java, Indonesia: -8.27°S / 123.51°E
Current status: ERUPTING (4 out of 5)
Lewotolo (or Ile Api Lewotolok) is located on the eastern end of a peninsula of Lembata (formerly Lomblen) Island, and forms a perfect symmetrical cone.
Historical eruptions, recorded since 1660, have consisted of explosive activity from the summit crater.
For more see volcano.si.edu.
Full Eruption list: 2012, 1951, 1920, 1899, 1864, 1852, 1849, 1819, 1660
For more see volcanodiscovery.com.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
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