Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) — April 1987
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 4 (April 1987)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland
Langila (Papua New Guinea) Ash cloud to 3 km height
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1987. Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 12:4. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198704-252010.
Papua New Guinea
5.525°S, 148.42°E; summit elev. 1330 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Activity was generally at a low level in April with weak white vapour emission from Crater 2 and little or no activity at Crater 3. However, a strong explosion occurred at Crater 2 on 12 April, propelling an ash cloud to ~3 km above the volcano. The explosion was heard  km away where fine ashfall was noted. Preliminary examination of the ash indicated that it contained little or no fresh material.
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 and P. Lowenstein, RVO.