Report on Manam (Papua New Guinea) — February 1991
Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 16, no. 2 (February 1991)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Manam (Papua New Guinea) Seismicity increases slightly
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1991. Report on Manam (Papua New Guinea). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 16:2. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199102-251020.
Papua New Guinea
4.08°S, 145.037°E; summit elev. 1807 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
"A slight increase in Manam's seismicity was noted in February, but otherwise activity remained at a very low level. Daily totals of low-frequency volcanic earthquakes rose from a few tens in January to as many as 800 in mid-February before declining to 200-300 at the end of the month. Earthquake amplitude increased slightly. The only emissions were white vapours released gently from Southern Crater. No sounds from the summit craters were reported and no night glow was seen. There were no significant changes in the trends of tiltmeter measurements."
Geologic Background. The 10-km-wide island of Manam, lying 13 km off the northern coast of mainland Papua New Guinea, is one of the country's most active volcanoes. Four large radial valleys extend from the unvegetated summit of the conical 1807-m-high basaltic-andesitic stratovolcano to its lower flanks. These "avalanche valleys" channel lava flows and pyroclastic avalanches that have sometimes reached the coast. Five small satellitic centers are located near the island's shoreline on the northern, southern, and western sides. Two summit craters are present; both are active, although most historical eruptions have originated from the southern crater, concentrating eruptive products during much of the past century into the SE valley. Frequent historical eruptions, typically of mild-to-moderate scale, have been recorded since 1616. Occasional larger eruptions have produced pyroclastic flows and lava flows that reached flat-lying coastal areas and entered the sea, sometimes impacting populated areas.
Information Contacts: C. McKee, RVO.