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An ash plume originating from Bagana at right, just below the dark-colored caldera lake of Billy Mitchell
Elevation 1,750 m (5,740 ft)
Location Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Range Emperor Range
Coordinates 6°08′24″S 155°11′42″E / 6.140°S 155.195°E / -6.140; 155.195
Type Lava cone
Last eruption 2000 to 2014 (ongoing)[1]

Bagana is an active volcano located in the centre of the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, the largest island of the Solomon group. It is the most active volcano in the country.

Just northeast of Bagana is the volcano crater lake Billy Mitchell. Bagana is one of 17 post-Miocene strato volcanos on Bougainville.[2] U.S. General Floyd L. Parks flew over the Solomon Islands on 27 October 1948 and witnessed the eruption of Bagana. His photographs of Bagana erupting were published in Life magazine.[3]

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  1. ^ "Bagana". Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution.
  2. ^ Blake, D.H., "Post miocene volcanoes on Bougainville Island, territory of Papua and New Guinea", Bulletin of Volcanology 1968, Vol. 32(1):121–138, retrieved 27 February 2010 
  3. ^ "Volcano erupts", Life Magazine, 29 November 1948: 42, retrieved 27 February 2010