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Report on Bagana (Papua New Guinea) — August 1989


Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 14, no. 8 (August 1989)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Bagana (Papua New Guinea) Rockfalls; glow; vigorous gas emission

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1989. Report on Bagana (Papua New Guinea) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 14:8. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198908-255020


Papua New Guinea

6.137°S, 155.196°E; summit elev. 1855 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

"Activity was at a moderate level during August. The summit crater released moderate to strong volumes of thick white and occasionally grey emissions. Rumbling noises were heard from time to time throughout the month, sometimes accompanied by small explosions. Night glows were observed 29-30 August. Rockfalls were observed on the S flank of the volcano, and on the 28th and 30th, light ashfalls were observed on the W flank."

Geological Summary. Bagana volcano, in a remote portion of central Bougainville Island, is frequently active. This massive symmetrical cone was largely constructed by an accumulation of viscous andesitic lava flows. The entire edifice could have been constructed in about 300 years at its present rate of lava production. Eruptive activity is characterized by non-explosive effusion of viscous lava that maintains a small lava dome in the summit crater, although occasional explosive activity produces pyroclastic flows. Lava flows with tongue-shaped lobes up to 50 m thick and prominent levees descend the flanks on all sides.

Information Contacts: I. Itikarai and C. McKee, RVO.