East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
3.60 S, 144.85 E
summit elevation 685 m
Bam is one of the most active volcanoes in Papua New Guinea. The island is located 55km NNE of the mouth of the Sepik River.
Bam is oval shaped, 2.4 km x 1.6 km, and covers 6 sq km in area. There are two peaks. The NW peak is the volcano summit, and the SE peak is slightly lower.
Bam Volcano - John Seach
The summit of Bam is free of vegetation due to recent volcanic activity. The summit crater is oval in shape, 400 m in diameter and 180 m deep. The crater has steep walls. Lava flows are exposed in the crater walls, with one dipping into the crater.
Volcanic Activity at Bam Island
Hot springs occur on the island. Vulcanian eruptions occur at Bam volcano. Islanders note a seasonal pattern of eruptions, with ash emissions occurring in the doldrums.
Glow and vapour emission.
Volcano was extremely active. Station manager at Aitape described Bam ans being 'an inhospitable island', and people 'lead a miserable life'.
Column gGrey-black "smoke" was emitted from the crater to a height of over 2500 m.
Column of smoke.
Volcano discharging large volumes of steam and smoke. People living on the island.
1960, 1959, 1958, 1958, 1957, 1954-57, 1947, 1944, 1936-39?, 1924, 1920?, 1913, 1909, 1908, 1907, 1897-98?, 1888?, 1885?, 1883?, 1877, 1874, 1872.