Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Ulawun
in Papua New Guinea

Event summary

Volcanic eruption Ulawun can have a low humanitarian impact based on the exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID VO 252120
Name: Ulawun
Lat/Lon: -5.05 , 151.33
Event Date: 05 Aug 2019 00:00 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 15000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 87000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 4
Population Exposure Index PEI: 2
Inserted at: 05 Aug 2019 07:07 UTC


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Papua New Guinea - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 27 Jun 2019)Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:06

  • Mount Ulawun in West New Britain Province (New Britain island) erupted magmatic gas, ash and lava flows on 25 June at 22.00 UTC after increased activity in recent weeks. 
  • Between3,000 and 5,000 people voluntarily evacuated the immediate vicinity of Ulawun, according to the National Disaster Centre. 
  • The ash plume is moving generally south but has slowed in recent hours. Air Niugini has cancelled flights to Hoskins Airport until further assessments are made. 
  • The cluster system is to be activated in response to food, water, shelter and non food item needs among the evacuees. As the area has been cut off from the highway, relief items will be transported by road from Kimbe to Bialla, and then via helicopter to those affected.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2015. Map produced by EC-JRC.
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

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Latest media headlines

Articles: 19 | About casualties: 1 | Last hour: 0

Un volcan japonais entre en éruption, son accès restreintThu, 08 Aug 2019 07:21:00 +0200.

Un volcan japonais situé à environ 140 km à l'ouest de Tokyo est entré en éruption dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi pour la première fois depuis 2015, entraînant des restrictions d'accès. » LIRE AUSSI - Eruption du volcan Ulawun: des millie
Sipef victime d'une éruptionTue, 06 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0200.

L'action du groupe belge est en baisse après l'annonce d'une perte de production dans une plantation de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée dont la récolte d'huile de palme a été affectée par une éruption volcanique. Sipef recule d'environ 3% en Bou
Indonesia: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot ... Mon, 05 Aug 2019 14:42:00 +0200.

INDONESIA. As of 5 August, six people are known to have been killed and 2,100 people have been displaced following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck 147 km southwest of Sumur District, Banten Province on 2 August. Most of the displaced
Papua New GuineaFri, 02 Aug 2019 05:35:00 +0200.

This infographic presents findings from sites hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in West New Britain Province after the eruption of Ulawun Volcano on 26 June 2019. Presented are findings from six (6) IDP sites namely Soi, Bakada*,

Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
The graph shows the current fatalities estimate.

Exposed population

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Daily Maps:

03/Jul/2019 06:37 UTC

Data, images, links, services and documents

For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (27), (1), INGV (2), WMO (1), INFORM (2),