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Kadovar Island
Kadovar Island is located in Papua New Guinea
Kadovar Island
Kadovar Island
Highest point
Elevation 365 m (1,198 ft)
Coordinates 3°36′32″S 144°35′18″E / 3.60889°S 144.58833°E / -3.60889; 144.58833Coordinates: 3°36′32″S 144°35′18″E / 3.60889°S 144.58833°E / -3.60889; 144.58833
Location Papua New Guinea
Age of rock Holocene
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Volcanic arc western end of the Bismarck volcanic arc[1]
Last eruption 2018

Kadovar Island is a volcanic island in Papua New Guinea north-east of the much larger island of New Guinea. The only known eruption occurred on January 5, 2018. There was some heightened thermal phenomena in 1976.[2]


Kadovar is part of the Schouten Islands about 25 kilometres (15 mi) north of the mouth of the Sepik River. It is 1.5 km (0.9 mi) long and wide. Gewai village is near the crater rim. Authorities had thought around 700 people lived on the island, but it appeared closer to 2,000[3] during the re-settlement ordered before the eruption of 2018.[4]


The first recorded sighting by Europeans of Kadovar Island was by the Spanish navigator Iñigo Órtiz de Retes on 21 July 1545 when on board of the carrack San Juan trying to return from Tidore to New Spain.[5]

Smoke was reported which could have indicated an eruption in 1700. There were further indications of possible imminent eruptions in 1976 and 1981. The island was evacuated to Blup Blup Island in 1976.[6]

2018 eruption

The island was again evacuated by boats in early 2018 when the eruption was detected.[7] The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory described "mild vulcanian activity from a vent at the southeast base of the cumulodome," "a fissure may be opening just inside of the western wall of the vent’s breach, descending down to at least sea level."[8] According to the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center, the ash cloud formed a plume as high as 7,000 feet (2,100 m).[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Interactions between a transform fault and arc volcanism in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea". Wiley Online. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Kadovar". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. 
  3. ^ "PNG volcano: Authorities to resettle 2,000 evacuees on mainland as island volcano erupts". ABC News Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "eruption 2018". looppng. 6 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  5. ^ Coello, Francisco "Conflicto hispano-alemán" Boletín de Sociedad Geográfica de Madrid, t.XIX. 2º semestre 1885, Madrid, p.317.
  6. ^ "Kadovar volcano". Volcano Discovery. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Strange Sounds (January 6, 2018). "First known eruption of Kadovar volcano in Papua New Guinea prompts evacuation of 500 people after sending a column of ash 7000 feet in the air". Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Smoke And Ash Engulf The Sky As Dormant Kadovar Volcano Erupts In PNG". Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Papua New Guinea volcano latest: Is Mount Kadovar erupting? Will it erupt again?". Express UK. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
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