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Report on Manam (Papua New Guinea) — September 1979

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 9 (September 1979)
Managing Editor: David Squires.

Manam (Papua New Guinea) Activity declines

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1979. Report on Manam (Papua New Guinea). In: Squires, D (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 4:9. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN197909-251020.

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Manam

Papua New Guinea

4.08°S, 145.037°E; summit elev. 1807 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


"The period of strong eruptive activity that developed at the beginning of August terminated on 24 August, and the level of B-type seismic activity dropped back to that of July. Observations were infrequent during September because of bad weather but it is likely that emissions from both Main and Southern craters consisted solely of vapor. Weak glow from the summit was seen on 2 nights. The only audible effects were weak roaring noises."

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: R. Almond, RVO.