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Papua New Guinea - Volcanic Activity Alert Oct 1992 UN DHA Information Report No. 1

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Situation Report
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UNDRO 92/0699
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - VOLCANIC ACTIVITY ALERT
DHA-UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
14 OCTOBER 1992

SITUATION

1. MANAM ISLAND VOLCANO, SITUATED ON AN ISLAND ABOUT 800 KMS NORTHWEST OF THE CAPITAL PORT MORESBY, SHOWING SIGNS OF INCREASED ACTIVITY AND SPEWING ASH AND LAVA ON VILLAGES SINCE LAST WEEK. STAGE THREE ALERT (ON A SCALE FROM ONE TO FOUR) WAS DECLARED. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MEASURES ADOPTED WHICH COULD LEAD TO THE EVACUATION OF THE 6,000 RESIDENTS OF THE ISLAND TO THE MAINLAND.

2. THE GOVERNMENT'S STAGE THREE CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR THE ISLAND IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:

- STRONG ERUPTIVE ACTIVITY IN THE SUMMIT CRATERS
- FLOW HAZARDS IN THE FOUR VALLEYS LEADING FROM THE CRATERS
- ASHFALL HAZARDS TO THE WEST OF THE ISLAND
- PREPARATORY STEPS FOR EVACUATION, INCLUDING CONCENTRAION OF PEOPLE IN COASTAL POINTS.

3. DHA-UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE MONITORING SITUATION IN CLOSE CONSULTATION WITH GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES.

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