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Ulawun volcano
stratovolcano 2334 m / 7,657 ft
New Britain, Papua New Guinea, -5.05°S / 151.33°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5)
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Ulawun volcano eruptions:
2010-2011 (ongoing), 2000-08, 1994, 1993, 1989, 1985, 1984-85, 1984, 1983-84, 1980, 1978, 1973, 1970, 1967, 1963, 1960-62, 1958, 1951?, 1941, 1937?, 1927, 1919, 1918, 1915, 1898, 1878, 1700
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explosive, effusive lava dome growth
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Satellite image of Ulawun volcano (c)Google
Satellite image of Ulawun volcano (c)Google
 

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Ulawun volcano (Papua New Guinea): major ash clouds drifting east and south from the volcano at 63,000 and 55,000 ft altitude

Wednesday Jun 26, 2019 17:49 PM | BY: T

Current ash cloud forecast from the major eruption of Ulawun volcano earlier today (image: VAAC Darwin)
Current ash cloud forecast from the major eruption of Ulawun volcano earlier today (image: VAAC Darwin)
While it is not only night over Papua New Guinea now, a vast area around the volcano is now likely to be shredded in darkness caused by ash from the eruption.
It is unclear whether the activity at the volcano still continues or has subsided or ended. However, the ash plume has been split in two major portions by winds blowing in different directions at different altitudes:
- the highest portion at 63,000 ft (20 km, flight level 630) is rapidly drifting east and already at more than 500 km distance from the volcano.
- the "lower" part of the plume, up to 55,000 ft (17 km, flight level 550) altitude is instead spreading and drifting more slowly to the south.
The aviation color code is red and all aircraft should avoid the affected areas in a wide distance (see the latest ash cloud forecast issued by VAAC Darwin attached).
Previous news
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 63000 ft (19200 m) altitude or flight level 630 . ... [more]
Satellite view showing the large mushroom cloud. Credit: RAMMB
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019
It is now clear that this is a major eruption, same as in 2000. VAAC reports have been revising the ash column height upwards and may continue to increase. ... [more]
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019
The volcano has suddenly had its largest eruption since the major eruption of 2000. Ash plumes have risen to 50,000ft, and the Aviation Colour Code has been raised to Red. ... [more]
Satellite image of Ulawun volcano on 26 Jun 2019
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 28000 ft (8500 m) altitude or flight level 280 . ... [more]
Satellite image of Ulawun volcano on 25 Jun 2019
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Darwin (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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