Identification / Evaluation of Volcanic Eruption Damage
Mount LEWOTOBI on FLORES island
(Nusa Tenggara, East Flores Regency, Wulanggitan subdistrict, Indonesia)

September & October 2003

PARBLEU Technologies Inc. monitoring products page for volcano Lewotobi eruption in Flores :

Status of operations :

The Lewotobi eruption in September 2003:

On September 1, 2003 at 7.30 pm Mount Lewotobi Laki-laki on Flores Island, Eastern Indonesia erupted. It was spewing ash, lava, rocks and other volcanic material in the form of fireballs and minor and major eruptions were recorded during the month of September 2003.

Hundreds of hectares of crops on the mountainside such as rice, corn, coconuts and coffee are destroyed and forest fires have been sparked out of control around the volcano. Thousand of refugees have been evacuated from around the mountain as they began to suffer from acute respiratory tract infection (ARI) and cholera as they were breathing white volcanic ash mixed with sulfur. The villagers were forced to drink water contaminated by lava and sulfur and the vegetables cannot be eaten, while the animals in the area have also suffered because of the contaminated vegetation.

The places Boru, Boru Kedang, Nawa Kote, Nuri, Nobo Kanga and Hokeng Jaya are all located on the slopes of the volcano, home to more than 10,000 people. The most affected village is Hokeng Jaya with a population of around 2,300 people. The village is covered with volcanic ash masuring three-to five centimeter deep.


The area of interest (i.e. the area affected by the eruption) that has been surveyed extends over 30 x 30 kilometers.

All the detailed maps (processing by ParBleu Technologies Inc.) are produced in cartographic projection UTM WGS 1984 (Zone 51 L), and at a spatial resolution of 20 meters x 20 meters.
On all maps, crosses are spaced every 5 kilometers, at UTM coordinates that are a multiple of 5000.


Procurement of the original RADARSAT-1 SAR data: Canadian Space Agency, and Radarsat International Inc.
Original RADARSAT-1 images: Copyright Canadian Space Agency / Agence Spatiale Canadienne, 2003.

Operational partners of PARBLEU TECHNOLOGIES Inc. :

Privateers NVTreemail PT Ekokon NusantaraAP Formation db-Online

Copyright (C) PARBLEU Technologies Inc., 2003