Manam, Papua New Guinea

Location: 4.1S, 145.0E
Elevation: 5,927 feet (1,807 m)
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Manam is a basaltic stratovolcano 7.5 miles (12 km) north of Papua New Guinea. Its first known eruption was in 1616. Since then Manam has erupted at least 30 times. The volcano has been very active in the 20th century with 23 eruptions. Strombolian eruptions are most common. Manam has been erupting since 1974, producing pyroclastic flows and lava flows. In October of 1994, a major explosive eruption at Manam sent a plume 6 miles (10 km) above the vent. Incandescent projectiles were shot about a mile (1-2 km) above the crater. Although this most recent eruption has caused damaged there have been no fatalities. Photo by G.A. Taylor, August 1972. Photo courtesy of Jack Lockwood, U.S. Geological Survey.

Space Shuttle photo (STS027-0032-0071) of Manam on December 2, 1988. The view is to the southeast and a small eruption plume is visible. Papua New Guinea is in the upper right of the photo.


Sources of Information:

Simkin, T., and Siebert, L., 1994, Volcanoes of the World: Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona, 349 p.

Palfreyman, W.D., and Cooke, R.J.S., 1976, Eruptive history of Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea, in Johnson, R.W., ed., Volcanism in Australasia: New York, Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company, p.117-128.



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