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Mt Garbuna Volcano in Talasea, West New Britain Province

SCIENTISTS monitoring the Mt Garbuna Volcano in Talasea, West New Britain Province have reported what they termed as ‘Unusal”activities and occurrences.

Assistant Director of the Rabaul Volcano Observatory, Mr Ima Itikarai said sulphurous smell was present in the South and southeast area while thunderstorms over Garbuna and Garu are reported to be bigger than usual.

Mr Itikarai described this as very unusual.

He said visits to hot streams around Garu Village that were reported to be drying up revealed that they seemed to be fast flowing and judging from the vegetation lines along the banks any fall in the water level must be minimal.

Mr Itikarai said there were also reports that these streams and the one in Haella village are getting hotter.

He said the prognosis is that due to the continuation of precursory events there is still a possibility of a sustained eruption occurring.

However, Mr Itikarai said there was no activity on Mt Garbuna, no noise or smell reported at Sisi Village, east of Garbuna.

Seismicity still showed frequent small volcano related events, with some periods of increased activity.

Mr Itikarai said one earthquake was felt only at Gura Plantation and not on the Walindi Plantation.

Meanwhile, Scientist Steve Saunders and other government officers are continuing to monitor the situation.

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