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Author Johnson, R. W. (R. Wally), author.

Title Roars from the mountain : colonial management of the 1951 volcanic disaster at Mount Lamington / R. Wally Johnson
Published Canberra, ACT, Australia : ANU Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 356 pages) : illustrations
Series Pacific series
Pacific series.
Contents pt 1. Tidal wave from the West. 1. Claiming land for the British empire ; 2. Colonialism on a shoestring ; 3. World War and Australian recovery -- pt 2. Catastrophic eruption. 4. Victims, survivors and evacuations ; 5. The next 10 days: disaster relief and controversy ; 6. Beginning disaster recovery ; 7. Volcanological analysis and new eruptions -- pt 3. After the disaster. 8. Resettlement, myths and memorialisation ; 9. Lead-up to independence ; 10. Living with Mount Lamington in postcolonial times -- References -- Appendices. Appendix A: Correspondence and reference collections ; Appendix B: A postcolonial time series
Summary Mount Lamington broke out in violent eruption on 21 January 1951, killing thousands of Orokaiva people, devastating villages and destroying infrastructure. Generations of Orokavia people had lived on the rich volcanic soils of Mount Lamington, apparently unaware of the deadly volcanic threat that lay dormant beneath them. Also unaware were the Europeans who administered the Territory of Papua and New Guinea at the time of the eruption, and who were uncertain about how to interpret the increasing volcanic unrest on the mountain in the preceding days of the disaster. Roars from the Mountain seeks to address why so many people died at Mount Lamington by examining the large amount of published and unpublished records that are available on the 1951 disaster. The information sources also include the results of interviews with survivors and with people who were part of the relief, recovery and remembrance phases of what can still be regarded as one of Australia's greatest natural-hazard disasters
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Volcanoes -- Papua new Guinea -- Lamington, Mount
Emergency management -- Papua New Guinea -- History
Volcanic eruptions -- Papua New Guinea -- History
Disaster relief -- Papua New Guinea -- History
Hazard mitigation -- Papua New Guinea -- History
Natural disasters -- Papua New Guinea -- History
Volcanoes -- Papua New Guinea.
HISTORY -- Oceania.
Disaster relief.
Emergency management.
Hazard mitigation.
Natural disasters.
Volcanic eruptions.
Papua New Guinea.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Australian National University Press.
ISBN 1760463566