Rumours of SHP volcanic eruption dismissed

The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory has dispelled rumours of a volcanic eruption in Southern Highlands Province.

Following the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the Highlands region early Monday morning, rumours of Mt Bosavi erupting took social media by storm yesterday (Feb 27).

However, the RVO say satellite images show no unusual happenings at any old Highlands volcanoes. 

“The 7.5 earthquake was tectonic in origin (too big to be volcanic). The aftershocks are the result of adjustments of strain within the region due to the initial large one,” says Steve Saunders, the principal geodetic surveyor.

“It is very unlikely a tectonic earthquake will trigger a long dormant volcano immediately.”

Meantime, the public is advised to refrain from creating unnecessary panic and/or fear.

(Google Map showing the location of Mt Bosavi)

Carmella Gware
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