Islanders flee as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Postado Janeiro 14, 2018

A remote island volcano in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has begun spewing ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of more than 500 residents, media and non-profit groups have said.

Kadovar Island, a 365 metre-tall volcano on the north coast of PNG, was thought to be dormant until it began erupting on January 5.

At least 1,500 residents had been evacuated on Sunday and were brought to the Papuan mainland, about 15 miles from the Kadovar island.

A volcano on the island of Kadovar, located about 24 km (15 miles) north of the Papuan mainland, began erupting on January 5.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on twitter that the Australian Government was contributing A$25,000 ($19,775) worth of humanitarian supplies for those affected.

Then Kadovar exploded, causing glowing rocks and sulphur dioxide to be launched into the sky, according to the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory.

The country's Red Cross Secretary General, Uvenama Rova, stated that locals "rushed immediately to escape" and are in "immediate need of food" as the volcano continues to plague the region.

Rabaul Volcano Observatory volcanologist Steve Saunders said further eruptions in nearby volcanic islands were "unlikely", whereas a tsunami triggered by seismic activity at Kadovar was a possibility.

"There is a potential for [the eruption] to get more violent than it is at the moment, and if it does become more violent, there's the possibility for tsunami", Saunders said, quoted in ABC.