Major eruption in progress at Tavurvur volcano - Rabaul caldera, Papua New Guinea

A major eruption is in progress at Tavurvur volcano, Rabaul caldera, in Papua New Guinea. The eruption started around 17:00 UTC on August 28, 2014 (03:00 local time on August 29). Darwin VAAC reported ash plume rising up to impressive 18.2 km! Aviation color code is on Red. Heavy ash fall is reported.Papuan media rightfully describe it as a major eruptive crisis – this powerful eruption is occurring in populated area and next to a city of Rabaul with nearly 20 000 people. Evacuations of some nearby villages are in progress. Kokopo, south of Tavurvur seems to have been particularly affected by ash fall. Rabaul has erupted several times throughout the 20th Century with its last eruption happening last year. During its… »

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