Oct 17, 2004
- Indonesian Volcano Awakens
- Mount Soputan in the North Sulawesi province sprang into life on Monday, throwing up smoke to a height of up to 400
metres said Yudi Juhara from the nearby volcano observation centre in Tomohon. He said that the top of the crater had
been enveloped by clouds and only upper parts of the smoke column could be seen. Heat clouds have temperatures of up
to 600 degrees Celsius and burn all that lies in their path. Mr Juhara said that the status of the 1,830 metre-high
volcano had been raised to above normal on Monday, but added that tremors that usually accompany an eruption had
become less frequent, indicating decreased activities.