Ash-spewing volcano in Papua New Guinea forces villagers to flee

A volcano on the island of Kadovar located about 24 km north of the Papuan mainland began erupting on January 5

Ash-spewing volcano in Papua New Guinea forces villagers to flee

Authorities in Papua New Guinea launched an operation on Sunday, January 14, to evacuate several thousand people from two islands due to eruptions and warning signs from the Kadovar and Biem volcanoes.

An estimated 500-600 people live on the island that is home to the Kadovar volcano. Residents of Kadovar Island were evacuated to Blup Blup earlier this month after the island's dormant volcano burst to life.

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

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The evacuees are being moved to the mainland and the International Red Cross is providing about 87,000 kina ($26,274) in funding to help them, said PNG Red Cross Secretary General Uvenama Rova by telephone from the capital of Port Moresby. The Australian government is contributing 25,000 Australian dollars (nearly $20,000) in humanitarian supplies to Papua New Guinea, Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop wrote in a tweet.

A dome of lava was also observed in the sea at the base of thick white steam clouds that were rising to nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, according to the latest bulletin of the Rabaul Volcanologist Observatory quoted in Reuters.

"The people there, as the volcano erupted, they rushed immediately to escape".

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The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory previously warned that tsunamis could be generated from Kadovar's tremendous force.

Chris Firth, a vulcanologist at Macquarie University, detailed that this is the first confirmed eruption report to come from Kadovar.

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