Volcanic Activity Missed By Observatory Because Of ‘Communication Problem’

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By Fidelis Sukina – EMTV News, Port Moresby


Communication problems faced by the Rabaul Volcano Observatory have seen them miss out on volcanic activity on the Manam Volcano.

National Disaster Office Director, Martin Mose revealed this today(August 27, 2018), at a press conference.

The Director of the National Disaster Office, says the Rabaul Volcano Observatory (RVO), responsible for monitoring volcanoes in Papua New Guinea, had problems with picking up the activity of Manam Island before the volcano erupted.

Mose didn’t give any detailed information on the real reasons but said, to be frank, they had their communication cut off.

“The communication support was not effectively there because of some problems there, in terms of the communication provider. Their communication network was actually cut off, to be quite frank about it” said Mr. Mose.

He did say the RVO have someone in place, who is currently working on site on sending information to the observatory, through mobile phone communication.


Fidelis Sukina

A PNG Studies graduate from Divine Word University who majored in International Relations, A passionate person about mass media, worked in the Print media and now joining the most senior Broadcast newsroom in PNG, he reports on General News and Sports in the Nambawan to Watch Station EMTV

Fidelis Sukina