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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 still forms the highest volcano in the Cape Gloucester area of NW New Britain.
Langila's typical activity is strombolian to vulcanian explosions, sometimes accompanied by lava flows. Summit explosions at Langila volcano often produce shock waves.
Langila volcano, whose activity record goes back to the 19th century only, is one of the most active volcanoes of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Langila's frequent activity consists typically of mild-to-moderate explosive eruptions, that are sometimes accompanied by lava flows.
The volcano consists of four small overlapping cones on the lower eastern flank of the extinct Talawe volcano,- the highest volcano in NW New Britain. The rectangular, 2.5-km-long crater of Talawe has a large gap to the SE; the younger Langila volcano formed NE of Talawe's breached crater.
Extensive lava flows have reached the sea from the N and NE flanks of the volcano. Since observations have begun, 3 summit craters have been active. The youngest and smallest of these, with a diameter of 150 m, was formed in 1960.
Langila volcano news and eruption updates (Papua New Guinea):
Langila volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: DISCRETE ERUPTION OBS TO FL150 MOV WSW OBS VA DTG: 18/1445Z
Thursday May 18, 2017 15:00 PM |
Satellite image of Langila volcano on 18 May 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Darwin (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVAU0295 at 14:47 UTC, 18/05/17 from ADRM VA ADVISORY DTG: 20170518/1445Z VAAC: DARWIN VOLCANO: LANGILA 252010 PSN: S0532 E14825 AREA: PAPUA NEW GUINEA SUMMIT ELEV: 1330M ADVISORY NR: 2017/83 INFO SOURCE: HIMAWARI-8 AVIATION COLOUR CODE: ORANGE ERUPTION DETAILS: DISCRETE ERUPTION OBS TO FL150 MOV WSW OBS VA DTG: 18/1445Z OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL150 S0533 E14815 - S0536 E14815 - S0538 E14818 - S0536 E14821 - S0531 E14819 MOV SW 15KT FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 18/2045Z SFC/FL150 S0551 E14700 - S0606 E14705 - S0556 E14728 - S0545 E14724 - S0544 E14723 FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 19/0245Z NO VA EXP FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 19/0845Z NO VA EXP RMK: VA OBS ON SATELLITE AT 18/1350Z, ERUPTION IS NOT ONGOING AND VA EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE WITHIN 12 HOURS. HEIGHT AND MOVEMENT BASED ON HIMAWARI-8 18/1420Z IMAGERY AND MODEL GUIDANCE. NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20170518/2045Z
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