Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) — October 1992
Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 17, no. 10 (October 1992)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Langila (Papua New Guinea) Vapor and ash emission
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1992. Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 17:10. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199210-252010.
Papua New Guinea
5.525°S, 148.42°E; summit elev. 1330 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
"Activity . . . was at a lower level during October than in previous months. Emissions from both craters consisted of weak-to-moderate white-to-grey vapour-and-ash clouds. Blue vapour was occasionally released from both craters during the latter part of the month. There was no glow observed throughout the month. Noises were heard from Crater 2 on the 31st. Seismicity remained low throughout the month."
Geologic Background. Langila, one of the most active volcanoes of New Britain, consists of a group of four small overlapping composite basaltic-andesitic cones on the lower eastern flank of the extinct Talawe volcano. Talawe is the highest volcano in the Cape Gloucester area of NW New Britain. A rectangular, 2.5-km-long crater is breached widely to the SE; Langila volcano was constructed NE of the breached crater of Talawe. An extensive lava field reaches the coast on the north and NE sides of Langila. Frequent mild-to-moderate explosive eruptions, sometimes accompanied by lava flows, have been recorded since the 19th century from three active craters at the summit of Langila. The youngest and smallest crater (no. 3 crater) was formed in 1960 and has a diameter of 150 m.
Information Contacts: I. Itikarai, R. Stewart, and C. McKee, RVO.