Papua New Guinea’s Mount Tavurvur volcano erupts back to life

The eruption billowed smoke and lava far into the sky.

Photo: The eruption billowed smoke and lava far into the sky. (Audience submitted: Gregory Wong)

A major volcanic eruption in Rabaul on Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Island has left the local community concerned for their safety, as residents flee and businesses close.

(SOURCE)  The eruption came from Mount Tavurvur which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously to nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994.

Authorities said the most recent eruption began in the early hours of Friday morning.

“An eruption commenced from Tavurvur form between 3.30am and 4.00am,” a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said.

“The eruption started slow and slowly developed in a stromblian eruption with incandescent projections accompanied by explosion noises and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises.

“Stronger explosions are generating airphases and rattling windows.”

A strombolian eruption is characterized by short-lived, explosive outbursts of fluid lava ejected tens or hundreds of meters into the air.

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