Islanders flee as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

The remote island volcano of Kadovar spews ash into the sky in Papua New Guinea

The remote island volcano of Kadovar spews ash into the sky in Papua New Guinea

In the latest bulletin issued on Sunday, the Observatory said a dome of lava on Kadover was visible in the sea at the base of thick white steam clouds that are rising to 600 meters (1,969 feet) above sea level.

A dormant volcano that first began erupting on January 5 exploded on Friday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from the Kadovar island in Papua New Guinea.

There are no confirmed records of a previous eruption of Kadovar, said Chris Firth, a vulcanologist at Macquarie University, but scientists speculate it could have been one of two "burning islands" mentioned in the journals of a 17th-century English pirate and maritime adventurer, William Dampier.

The island of Blup Blup was then evacuated due to the increased severity of the situation.

There are fears the eruption may become explosive, bringing a risk of tsunamis and landslides, said Loop PNG citing the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory.

"Due to the size of the island, any activity will impact the local population".

Cheyne O'Brien, a forecaster at the Advisory Centre said: "It's just a continuous emission of volcanic ash at the moment".

The plumes of ash billowing into the sky do not pose a hazard for aviation, but Ms O'Brien said that all it would take is a change of wind direction to cause travel chaos in the area. "The clues are darker and increasing at an alarming rate".

The evacuees will be transported to the north coast of Papua New Guinea's mainland around 15 miles away.

That prompted the evacuation of 590 people on Kadovar to the nearby island of Blup Blup.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Explosion in Lebanese southern city of Sidon injures one

    Explosion in Lebanese southern city of Sidon injures one

    To its part, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, Ali Baraka, denied that Hamdan was injured, however, it was his brother who was injured.
    Vikings activate QB Bradford off injured reserve

    Vikings activate QB Bradford off injured reserve

    In that game, the quarterback sustained a noncontact knee injury that forced him to miss his next three starts. Central time Sunday on Fox, with the NFC championship set for 5:40 p.m.
    Tom Hoge hits the front after missile scare — Sony Open

    Tom Hoge hits the front after missile scare — Sony Open

    Hoge got up-and-down from 40 yards away for birdie on the par-5 18th to take his first 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. Leishman didn't receive the push alert that caused brief panic for players, officials and fans at the tournament.
  • Boxer Joshua to fight Parker on March 31

    Boxer Joshua to fight Parker on March 31

    Another unification fight and in the heavyweight division no less. " Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock", Parker said. He's consistently fought fighters in the world's top ten and he's beaten them all easily.
    Models accuse photographers of harassment

    Models accuse photographers of harassment

    On the last day of a shoot, as they were taking photographs on a bed, Testino told everybody in the room to leave and locked the door, Locke recalled.
    Depois de alerta do Inmet, chuva deve continuar neste sábado

    Depois de alerta do Inmet, chuva deve continuar neste sábado

    O calor deve permanecer a máxima registrada deve ficar na casa dos 29°C, com mínima de 20°C. A previsão para este sábado (12) em Campo Grande é de sol com muitas nuvens durante o dia.
  • Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Bridges among those impacted by mudslides

    Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Bridges among those impacted by mudslides

    This animated video explains how the Southern California mudslides were so destructive after the recent spate of deadly wildfires. The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before.
    Governo e oposição da Venezuela seguem com negociações

    Governo e oposição da Venezuela seguem com negociações

    A escassez de alimentos e medicamentos piorou sob uma inflação anual superior a 2.000%. Segundo um deles, aparecera uma proposta do governo a ser avaliada.
    Runaway soldier: Ighalo open to Premier League offers

    Runaway soldier: Ighalo open to Premier League offers

    Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo has reportedly expressed an interest in returning to the Premier League this month. The 28 year-old Nigerian is now with Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai and has scored 15 goals in 27 games.
  • Pierre Nanterme Sells 34232 Shares of Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) Stock

    Cowen set a $150.00 target price on Accenture and gave the company a "buy" rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Lee Danner & Bass Inc, which manages about $1.12B and $929.08 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Halliburton Inc.
    I would beat Oprah in election

    I would beat Oprah in election

    One big question is why Winfrey would even consider a presidential run . "And she just knocked it out of the park, as she does". So she knew that she wanted to say something significant. "So in a way she's following a very traditional candidate arc".
    Aziz Ansari Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Photographer

    Aziz Ansari Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Photographer

    Babe viewed the text exchange, and confirmed the number Grace was texting matched Ansari's details on a public register. Grace says he tried to make out with her again, and when she expressed that she wanted to leave, called her a vehicle .

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.