Based on visual observations, the activity of Lokon, during the period from Jan 13 to 19, 2016, was observed with a white smoke emission, thin to thick, with a height ranging from 25 to 250 m. Some light rain occurred, with a rainfall of 4.9 to 64 mm.
Seismicity of Lokon is dominated by continuous tremors and shallow volcanic earthquakes (VB). In the period from January 13 to 20, 2016 the earthquake tended to fluctuate. Shallow volcanic earthquakes (VB) were recorded with a maximum of 28 events per day, which shows that volcanic activity was close to the surface, a very large eruption is likely to occur if the energy volcanic is increasing. The increased incidence of seismicity in the shallow areas, usually precedes an eruption. The amplitude deviation of the tremor being of relatively constant magnitude, from 0.5 to 6 mm, the SSAM data showed an increase on January 3, 2016 but did not persist.
The potential of eruption is still there, but it is not known when or how intense it will happen.
The danger of the eruption of Mount Lokon is taking the form of emission of volcanic ash that spread depending on the direction and wind speed.
Based on visual observations, seismicity, the SSAM data and potential threats of eruption of Mount Lokon, dated January 20, 2016, the level of volcanic activity of Lokon remains at LEVEL III (Siaga).
Intensive monitoring is ongoing to assess the activity of Lokon. If there is a decrease / increase change in the volcanic activity of Mount Lokon significantly, the activity level can be lowered / raised in accordance with the level of threat.
February 02, 2016. Lokon-Empung , Indonésia :
Source : VSI.