Paluweh/Rokatenda Volcano erupts pyroclastic, not lava, flow

The Paluweh Volcano, also referred to as the Rokatenda Volcano, has been busy since late 2012.  This stratovolcano, located in Indonesia, just erupted in early August of 2013, killing at least five people.  Unfortunately, many news media outlets are characterizing the most recent eruption as a lava flow, which is scientifically inaccurate.  The eruptive behavior is that of a pyroclastic flow.  To read the past and present history of Paluweh/Rokatenda, please visit:

  • Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program | Paluweh (home page)
  • Pyroclastic Flow Deposits From the Paluweh Eruption, February 5, 2013, from Erik Klemetti's Wired Science Eruptions Blog (article)
  • NASA Earth Observatory: Strong Eruption at Paluweh Volcano, March 24, 2013 (image)
  • Fatalities at Rokatenda After Pyroclastic Flow, August 10, 2013, from Erik Klemetti's Wired Science Eruptions Blog (article)