Manam volcano erupts strongly, sends ash to 50,000ft (15km) two days after dramatic Ulawun eruption in Papua New Guinea


Just 2 days after the large eruption of Ulawun, another large explosive eruption was recorded at Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea on June 28, 2019.

Yes another unusual, short-lived, and very intense eruptive episode with lava fountaining, starting around 13:00 local time, with an ash plume that rose to 50,000 ft (15 km) altitude.

Manam volcanic eruption just 2 days after Ulawun powerful eruption in Papua New Guinea. Picture by AFP/Craig Powell / Niugini Helicopters via Jakarta Post

This is the second major eruption in two days in Papua New Guinea. After Ulawun on June 26, 2019 – more than 7,000 people evacuated – now Manam!

There will be no aircrafts flying overnight to and from Madang. All flights on Saturday and Sunday will be resheduled next week.

A few hours later, the ash plume had separated from the volcano and was observed drifting SW.

VAAC Darwin issued a warning and mentioned that it was expecting the plume to dissipate within 12 hours above an area over the southern part of Papua New Guinea.

No reports about significant damage have been received. Local reports indicate heavy ash fall blocking out the sunlight.

A few hours after the main eruptive event, activity decreased again to now weaker ash emissions to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude.

Such powerful eruptions occur frequently (every few months) at the volcano, with the latest on May 14 and January 24, 2019. In most cases, lava and pyroclastic flows are produced.

Meanwhile, a state of emergency has been declared and troops have been sent to help 7,000 and 13,000 of people displaced by the Ulawun volcanic eruption on a remote archipelago in Papua New Guinea on June 26, 2019.

[Loop PNG, Volcano Discovery, Jakarta Post]

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