Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) — March 1985
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 10, no. 3 (March 1985)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Langila (Papua New Guinea) Return to low level of activity
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1985. Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 10:3. Smithsonian Institution. https://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198503-252010.
Papua New Guinea
5.525°S, 148.42°E; summit elev. 1330 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
"Langila returned to a low level of activity in early March after a period of moderate-to-strong explosive activity at Crater 2 in February. From 3 March, activity at Crater 2 usually consisted of weak emission of white vapour, although occasional Vulcanian explosions took place. Crater 3 remained quiet."
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: C. McKee, RVO.