A volcanic eruption on the Papua New Guinea island of New Britain has sent scores of residents fleeing in fear and panic. The eruption of Mount Tavurvur occurred around 8:45am local time and sent ash 8 miles into the air, shattering windows within a 12 mile radius of the blast. About 90% of residents have run from the local area until damage can be assessed and no injuries or deaths have been reported thus far. Papua New Guinea is located just north of Australia on the ‘Ring of Fire’ Pacific Rim and so volcanic activity is not uncommon. The last eruption to occur was in 1994 when Mount Tavurvur erupted and also set off a nearby Vulcan peak, destroying much of the capital in the process.

Volcano erupts on Papua New Guinea Island (Reuters)

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