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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 9) – Mount Langla volcano in Papua New Guinea’s West New Britain province has subsided since it began exploding and throwing up ash and smoke last Wednesday.

The Provincial Disaster Office in Kimbe reported that activities have returned to a moderate level.

The volcano is located at the Cape Gloucester area, home to around 8,000 people.

An official at the disaster office said the police helicopter flew officers from the disaster office into the area on Saturday and conducted an aerial observation of the volcano and the disaster area.

Mt Langla is located between Cape Gloucester station and Kilenge.

The official said the volcano was still spewing ash and lava, but there has been no report of casualties.

The official said although the volcanic activities have subsided, they were still concerned about the communities living in the vicinity of the volcano.

May 10, 2005

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