Alert: Eruption of Mt. Ulawun in West New Britain Province

Location: Mount Ulawun, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea

Event: Papua New Guinea’s volatile Ulawun volcano began spewing ash at approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, 26 June 2019. Hoskins Airport is closed and the Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption.  Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre issued a “red” warning to airlines, indicating the eruption was imminent or underway.

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is unaffected and conducting normal business.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area around Mount Ulawun.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Make contingency plans to leave.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.


U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Phone number: +675-321-1455

After Hours for American Citizens: +675-7200-9439

Email address:

Embassy website:


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