Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) — December 1985

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 10, no. 12 (December 1985)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland

Langila (Papua New Guinea) Glow and explosions on 29 December

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Global Volcanism Program, 1985. Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 10:12. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198512-252010.

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Langila

Papua New Guinea

5.525°S, 148.42°E; summit elev. 1330 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


"Activity was at a low level for most of December. Starting the 29th there were daily reports of rumbling sounds and light ashfalls at the observation post 10 km NW of the summit. Glow was noted from Crater 2 on the night of the 29th. Seismic activity also increased from the 29th, with several Vulcanian explosions recorded per day and some harmonic tremor.

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: J. Mori, RVO.