People in the surrounding communities of the Mera Mera Local Level Government in Nakanai have been asked to temporarily relocate their homes following increased seismic activity around Mt. Ulawun.
While Mt. Ulawun has slowed down, experts have advised that growing fluctuations in seismic activity surrounding Mt. Ulavun has made it unsafe for people in the area.
Members of the West New Britain Provincial Disaster Office have notified villages in the surrounding areas to seek refuge elsewhere.
A member of the Provincial Disaster Office, Herman Volele told PNG HAUSBUNG hat since last night they have been observing fluctuations in seismic activity.
He said they have been observing this overnight and the readings have given them enough reason to ask villagers to temporarily relocate.
“We observed a fluctuation of a glow, which is a bit of a threat to the Mera Mera community. Currently from this morning to lunch hour, activity is at low level.”
They have observed nil ash fall in the area which is a good sign for the people according to visual observation.
He said at the moment, it is very difficult to visually observe activity on the mountain due to low hanging clouds.
A station has been set up to observe Mt. Ulawun by the Provincial Disaster Office and will continue to do so until deemed safe for villagers to return.
Mt. Ulawun is categorized is a basaltic and andesitic stratovolcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Pacific.