25 Apr 2014

Vulcanologist to assess PNG's Bougainville volcano

1:45 pm on 25 April 2014

The autonomous government in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville has organised awareness programmes on volcanoes and volcanic activity.

This comes as a volcano, dormant for more than 3,000 years, has been emitting smoke or steam.

Don Wiseman has more.

"Mt Loloru is near Buin in the south of the main island and where a number of houses were wrecked by earthquakes earlier this month. The provincial disaster manager, Franklin Lacey, says a team delivering basic building materials to the quake victims will include a vulcanologist, who will aim to find out more about activity on Mt Loloru. And he says they are also bringing in three experts from the Rabaul Vulcanological Observatory to help educate the people about volcanoes. 'We are getting them over here to do some assessment and also some awareness to the people who live beside the active volcanoes here.' That is the provincial disaster manager in Bougainville, Franklin Lacey. There are five volcanoes in Bougainville."