Popondetta

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Popondetta
Town
Satellite view
Satellite view
Popondetta is located in Papua New Guinea
Popondetta
Popondetta
Location in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 8°45′56″S 148°14′05″E / 8.76556°S 148.23472°E / -8.76556; 148.23472Coordinates: 8°45′56″S 148°14′05″E / 8.76556°S 148.23472°E / -8.76556; 148.23472
Country  Papua New Guinea
Province Oro Province
District Ijivitari District
LLG Popondetta Urban
Elevation 279 ft (85 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 49,244
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Main languages Orokaiva, Tok Pisin, English

Popondetta is the capital of Oro (Northern) Province in Papua New Guinea.

In 1951 the town became the focus of relief efforts after nearby Mount Lamington erupted and killed 4,000 people.

Popondetta is near to Buna on the Northern Papua coast and is not far from the beginning of the Kokoda Trail, made famous during World War II.

This area of New Guinea is home to the endangered Queen Alexandra's Birdwing, the world's largest butterfly.