There has been increased seismic activity, confirmed as volcanic tremors, in the Sulu area in West New Britain province but authorities said there were no threats that Mt Pago volcano might erupt soon.

The provincial disaster office said the resurgence of the seismic activity was felt at 10pm last Monday night in the Sulu/Silanga area. Acting disaster director Peter Morlin said the Rabaul Volcano Observatory had already been informed and disaster officers in Kimbe were observing the activities.

He said earth tremor data coming from Mt Pago stations were indicating a build-up of seismic activity again.

RVO in Rabaul said they did not have a seismograph at Sulu to monitor and were planning to send a team there. They said they could not confirm if the tremors were volcanic-related as information was sketchy.

Up until yesterday, the seismograph stations on Mt Pago were picking up a multitude of local earthquakes, which they believed were volcanic tremors.

Mr Morlin said as of Monday night, the recorded tremors had surpassed approximately 50 shallow to deep earth tremors coming from the Sulu range system and was still continuing yesterday.