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Friday, Sep 12, 2014
Intermittent strombolian to vulcanian-type explosions continue at the Tavurvur volcano. VAAC Darwin reported an ash plume rising to 10,000 ft / 3 km altitude this morning. [more]
Lava fountains and ash column from Tavurvur volcano (image: Emma Edwards via Mark Tarello @mark_tarello / twitter)
Friday, Aug 29, 2014
A large explosive eruption began at Tavurvur volcano (Rabaul caldera) this morning. ... [more]

Volcanoes of New Britain Island (21 volcanoes)

Langila | unnamed | Narage | Mundua | Garove | Bola | Garbuna | Garua | Dakataua | Lolo | Pago | Buru | unnamed | Walo | Karai (Sulu Range) | Hargy | Lolobau | Bamus | Ulawun | Tavui | Rabaul (Tavurvur)
New Britain island sits on the southern end of the South Bismark Sea plate.
The volcanoes on New Britain belong to the 1000 km long Bismarck Volcanic Arc which overlies the northward subducting Solomon Sea plate, a small ocean basin that is rapidly disappearing underneath the South Bismarck Sea plate to the north. .
Langila
(stratovolcano)
Langila volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Bismarck Arc of New Britain. It is located 11 km south of Cape Gloucester.
The volcano consists of a group of 4 small overlapping basaltic-andesitic cones on the lower eastern flank of extinct Talawe volcano, which ... [more]

unnamed
(submarine volcano)
An unnamed seamount is located 30 km NNE of Cape Gloucester on the NW tip of New Britain. It is probably an active submarine volcano and the most likely source of an unconfirmed submarine eruption report during 1983. An earthquake swarm accompanied the event. Local inhabitants he... [more]

Narage
(stratovolcano)
Narage volcano forms a small volcanic island 32 km WNW of Garove Island, north of western New Britain. It is the northernmost of the Witu (Vitu) Islands.
Although the volcano may be extinct, there is vigorous hydrothermal activity. Narage has hot springs and geysers, mainly... [more]

Mundua
(complex volcano)
The Mundua Islands are the peaks of several basaltic volcanoes which form Mundua, Wingoru, Garove, and Narage islands.
The largest volcano forms the westerm tip of the 7 km long Mundua island and Wingoru island immediately to the west. It is located 85 km NW of Willaumez Pe... [more]

Garove
(stratovolcano)
Garove volcano forms the 12 km long and low Garove Island, the largest of the Witu Island group located 40 miles (65 km) north of New Britain Island in the Bismarck Sea.
Garove volcano has a 5 km wide flooded caldera open to the sea through a narrow breach on the southern s... [more]

Bola
(stratovolcano)
Bola volcano (or Mt. Wangore) is a symmetrical steep stratovolcano that forms the highest point on the Willaumez Peninsula in New Britain.
There are no known recent eruptions, but the fresh morphology of the summit crater suggests that the last activity was only a few hund... [more]

Garbuna
(stratovolcanoes)
Garbuna volcano at the southern end of the Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain, is part of a basaltic-to-dacitic volcano group consisting of 3 volcanic peaks, Krummel, Garbuna, and Welcker.
Garbuna volcano erupted on 17 October 2005 after having been dormant for almost 1800 ye... [more]

Garua
(volcanic field)
Garua (Talasea) volcano (or Garua Harbour volcano) is a volcanic field on the Willaumez Peninsula in New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
It has abundant geothermal activity with hot springs, large boiling pools, fumaroles, and small geysers, in particular along the shores of Gar... [more]

Dakataua
(caldera)
Dakataua volcano is a large caldera on the northern end of Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain. The elliptical caldera, 13.5 km E-W and 10.5 km N-S, is one of New Britain's most impressive volcanoes. The caldera contains the 12 km wide horseshoe-shaped Lake Dakataua which is at only... [more]

Lolo
(stratovolcano)
Lolo (also known as Auwers) volcano is a small andesitic stratovolcano 13 km north of Pago volcano in New Britain.
It has a nearly symmetrical shape with steep 35 deg upper slopes above 300 m elevation, and lower more gently inclined 20 deg slopes at its base between 150 a... [more]

Pago
(caldera)
A close-up photo of Pago's ravaged summit crater taken from the N on 16 September 2002. (Photo: USGS)Pago volcano is located in the Cape Hoskins area of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. It belongs to the larger complex of Witori volcano and represents the post-caldera cone of the latter.
Pago is probably only 350 years old.
The typical historical activity at Pago vol... [more]

Buru
(pyroclastic cone)
Buru volcano is a partly preserved cinder cone which rises 250 m above the surrounding swamps. it is located SW of Pago and SE of Oto.
The volcano is named after the Buru river on the south side of the volcano. To the north is a swampy depression called the Buru caldera. [more]

unnamed
(submarine volcano)
There are 2 uncertain reports of submarine eruptions off Cape Hollman NW of Lolobau Island and east of Garove Island during 1951 and 1970, but cannot be definitively attributed to volcanic origin. [more]

Walo
(hydrothermal field)
Walo volcano is not actually a volcano, but a geothermal field 5.5 km from Walo village, Bangula Bay on the north coast of New Britain. There are no exposed volcanic rocks, but it contains fumaraoles and hot springs.
The Walo thermal area is connected to the nearby Sulu Ra... [more]

Karai (Sulu Range)
(stratovolcanoes)
Karai volcano is the highest volcano in the Sulu Range in north-central New Britain off Bangula Bay.
The Sulu Range consists of a cluster of partially overlapping small stratovolcanoes and lava domes.
There are no historic eruptions, but in 2006, a vigorous new fumaro... [more]

Hargy
(stratovolcano)
Hargy volcano (also referred to as Eve, Galloseulo, Ibi, Richthofen, Gallosculo) is a little-known volcano in eastern New Britain, but it has one of New Britains's largest calderas, which measures 12 x 10 km.
There are no known historic eruptions and the last activity has ... [more]

Lolobau
(caldera)
Lolobau volcano forms an island 6.5 km off the coast of New Britain. The island measures 13.7 km long (east-west) and 9.7 km wide (north-south) and is formed by a 6 km wide caldera containing the small lake Naoi, and a younger stratovolcano, Mt Lolobau.
Several vents withi... [more]

Bamus
(stratovolcano)
Bamus volcano (also known as South Son, Ulawun being the father) is a symmetrical stratovolcano SW of Ulawun volcano, 16 km inland from Stettin Bay.
The volcano is thickly covered by rainforest and fern thickets. The last confirmed activity of Bamus was around 1888, as vil... [more]

Ulawun
(stratovolcano)
Ulawun (also locally known as the "father" //commemt: Bamus being the "son") is a symmetrical large stratovolcano on New Britain Island. It rises majestically above the north coast of New Britain across a low saddle NE of Bamus volcano, the South Son.
Ulawun is one Papua N... [more]

Tavui
(caldera)
Tavui is a large, mostly submerged caldera offshore from east New Britain, Papua New Guinea. It has impressive 1000 m cliffs at a location called Submarime Base, a popular diving spot in New Britain.
The volcano was last active about 7000 years ago and might still be consi... [more]

Rabaul (Tavurvur)
(caldera)
Eruption of Tavurvur volcano (Rabaul caldera) (Photo: Paul Nicholsn)Google earth view of the Rabaul calderaRabaul volcano is one of the most active and most dangerous volcanoes in Papua New Guinea.
Rabaul exploded violently in 1994 and devastated the lively city of Rabaul. Since then, the young cone Tavurvur located inside the caldera has been the site of near persistent activit... [more]

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