Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) — September 1989
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 14, no. 9 (September 1989)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland
Langila (Papua New Guinea) Weak explosive activity; ashfalls
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1989. Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 14:9. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198909-252010.
Papua New Guinea
5.525°S, 148.42°E; summit elev. 1330 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
"Activity intensified somewhat during September. Weak explosive activity took place at Crater 2 on most days. The ash content of emissions was generally low, but ashfalls were recorded [~9] km downwind on the 5th and 16th. Sound effects at the observation post usually consisted of weak rumblings, but one loud explosion was heard on the 16th."
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.