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Wednesday 17th September 2014
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Papua New Guinea Volcano Erupts Spectacularly

Friday, 29th August 2014 08:16

Families have been evacuated from their homes and flghts diverted after a volcano erupted in Papua New Guinea.

Residents of Rabaul town on the South Pacific nation's New Britain Island were advised to remain indoors to avoid falling ash, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement.

Local resident David Flinn told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the volcano was emitting steam and occasionally boomed.

About 1cm (0.5ins) of ash had covered surrounding areas, Mr Flinn said.

Qantas Airways said the ash cloud from the volcano had led to minor alterations to flight paths between Sydney and Tokyo and between Sydney and Shanghai.

The volcano, one of the most active in the region, destroyed the town of Rabaul in 1994 when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan.