Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) — March 1986

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 3 (March 1986)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland

Langila (Papua New Guinea) Ash emission and glow; explosion earthquakes

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1986. Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 11:3. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198603-252010.

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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 at Crater 2 in March was slightly higher than in February. Moderate to strong white to grey emissions were released intermittently throughout the month. Light ashfalls were reported [9] km downwind on 4 and 14 March. Weak night glows (with intermittent incandescent ejections) were reported on 16, 24, and 23 March. Explosion and rumbling noises were heard on the 4th, 9th, 14-16th, 18th, and 24-30th. Seismicity was at a moderate level with 2-10 Vulcanian explosion events/day."

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: P. Lowenstein, RVO.