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22 September 2015

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Thank you Des for your comment. I believe your experience during the aftermath of this major disaster in PNG's recorded history may have had lasting effects and I feel for the those affected.

I would count you with the others who helped as a heroes for your involvement after this major natural event.

I learned about Mt Lamington in high school social science class. Its good to have someone who witnessed the event first hand communicating with me.

Unlike the Mt Lamington experience, there were very few fatalities during the Rabaul twin eruptions because of the early warning from the Observatory resulting in a mass exodus during the weekend prior to the eruption.

I believe my experience from the Rabaul eruptions cannot compare with yours.

Thank you once again Mr Martin for sharing your experience with me. God bless you.

Raymond, The Mount Lamington eruption in Papua on 21 January 1951 was probably the greatest disaster to ever have occurred in the south west Pacific area killing as it did up to five thousand people. I was heavily involved in the aftermath.

A recent book "Fire Mountains of the Pacific" by volcanologist Dr Wally Johnson has an extensive chapter on the event.

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