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Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) — February 1989


Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 14, no. 2 (February 1989)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Langila (Papua New Guinea) Vapor and ash emission; detonations; weak glow

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1989. Report on Langila (Papua New Guinea) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 14:2. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198902-252010


Papua New Guinea

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

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

"Activity declined somewhat in February following the slight increase in late December-mid January. Weak-moderate emissions of white to pale-grey vapour and ash clouds were released from Crater 2 during most days of the month. Occasional weak rumbling noises were heard from Crater 2, and detonations were heard on the 14th and 22nd. Weak red glow from this crater was seen 6, 8, 9, 23, and 24 January. Crater 3 remained inactive throughout the month."

Geological Summary. 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 E flank of the extinct Talawe volcano in the Cape Gloucester area of NW New Britain. A rectangular, 2.5-km-long crater is breached widely to the SE; Langila was constructed NE of the breached crater of Talawe. An extensive lava field reaches the coast on the N 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. The youngest and smallest crater (no. 3 crater) was formed in 1960 and has a diameter of 150 m.

Information Contacts: D. Lolok and C. McKee, RVO.