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Report on Bagana (Papua New Guinea) — 16 May-22 May 2007


Smithsonian Institution / US Geological Survey
Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 16 May-22 May 2007
Managing Editor: Sally Sennert.

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2007. Report on Bagana (Papua New Guinea) (Sennert, S, ed.). Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 16 May-22 May 2007. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Weekly Report (16 May-22 May 2007)


Papua New Guinea

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

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

RVO reported that white vapor emissions from Bagana's summit crater continued during 10 March-20 May. Emissions were occasionally forceful, and were accompanied by ash clouds during 17 March, 1 April, and 3-5 April. Weak roaring noises were heard on 4 April. Summit incandescence was visible on 20 and 24 March and 17 May. Based on satellite imagery and information from RVO, the Darwin VAAC reported that a diffuse plume rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW on 20 May. RVO reported that forceful, white emissions on 21 May produced plumes to an altitude of 2.3 km (8,200 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W.

Geological Summary. Bagana volcano, occupying a remote portion of central Bougainville Island, is one of Melanesia's youngest and most active volcanoes. 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 frequent and characterized by non-explosive effusion of viscous lava that maintains a small lava dome in the summit crater, although explosive activity occasionally producing pyroclastic flows also occurs. Lava flows form dramatic, freshly preserved tongue-shaped lobes up to 50 m thick with prominent levees that descend the flanks on all sides.

Sources: Rabaul Volcano Observatory (RVO), Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)