14 comments on “New activity at Bromo / Tengger Caldera, Indonesia

  1. Thanks agimarc! Last year (2014) I bookmarked a blog article on Bromo which had – apart from a good description of the 2010/2011 eruptions – a nice picture of Bromo’s crater. There seems still to be a (water) lake in it, as was mentioned in Neumann van Padang’s History of the Volcanology in the Former Netherlands East Indies: “In March 1838 its crater contained a little lake, which already existed in 1825 (van Herwerden, 1845).” So it’s no wonder that the initial eruptions of Bromo can be quite violent and should be feared by tourists.

    Another interesting paper researches the ever-actual question why people would choose to settle near volcanoes on the example of Mount Bromo: http://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/15/277/2015/nhess-15-277-2015.pdf


    • I continue to be blown away by the Hindu Temple on the floor of the caldera right next to Bromo and Batok. Amazing choice for locating a temple. Cheers –


  2. Kanlaon Volcano has been showing unrest for the last months and has had a small ash eruption today. PHIVOLCS posted at 3:00 p.m. that the volcano issued an ash and steam plume accompanied by rumbling sounds which had been clearly audible in nearby towns, where also ash fall had been noticed. PHIVOLCS stated that Alert Level 1 status remains in effect over the volcano, which means that “it is at an abnormal condition and is in a period of current unrest”. The public are reminded to respect the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). (http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php)

    Kanlaon Volcano, on Negros island in the central Philippines is with 24 confirmed eruptions recorded since 1866 the third-busiest in the Philippines after Mayon and Taal. It is an andesitic stratovolcano, dotted with fissure-controlled pyroclastic cones and craters, many of which are filled by lakes. The summit of Kanlaon contains a 2-km-wide, elongated northern caldera with a crater lake and a smaller, but higher, historically active vent, Lugud crater, to the south. Its eruptions have typically consisted of phreatic explosions of small-to-moderate size but occasionally, as in 1902, strombolian eruptions can occur.


  3. I have walked round the crater on Bromo, it is an awesome volcano.

    Merry Xmas everyone, here is a photo of Erta Ale taken by myself in November 2015


    • Wow, thank you Doug, that’s a mind-boggling view, I guess one gets all weak in the knees standing there… I would love to read more about your adventure there – would you care doing a short write up for one of the next posts?


  4. While I hope that everyone of you had a great Christmas, today I was reminded that in many places of the world people didn’t have a quiet time. Watching the news today gave me the creeps. Exept for the volcano, everything else seemed to be connected to climate change – snow in southern countries, record high temps in cooler places, exceptional strong floodings, tornadoes and landslides, you name it. Just in the last 24 hours there were for example…


  5. Howdy Granyia – The first photo is a tornado over Rowlett, TX. It is a suburb east of Dallas. The second it the damage it wrought. Garland, also hit, is the next suburb west closer to Dallas. I have a brother and sister in law there and visit regularly. They are OK. House is intact. Tornado traveled about 200 m from their house. Power is currently out and will continue to be so for another couple days. Not real cold there yet, but they have natural gas heat. This time of year, violent weather is caused by cold Canadian air fighting with warm and wet Gulf air on its way south. All in all, they were fortunate. But many neighbors weren’t. Cheers –



    • I also saw a photo on twitter of a twin vortex tornado last night, I believe it was TX as well. Terrible!


  6. Kamchatka: Is that plume from a volcano, Mutnovsky perhaps? It has never been there before. (cropped, webcam view across Avacha Bay to the west, Gorely is to the right of the tall mountain)


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