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
ProvinceOro Province
DistrictIjivitari District
LLGPopondetta Urban
Elevation
279 ft (85 m)
Population
 (2013)
 • Total49,244
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
Main languagesOrokaiva, Tok Pisin, English
ClimateAf

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.