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This photo was made by Niugini Helicopters. One of the company's pilots witnessed a column of lava that vertically shot into the air from the volcano in Papua New Guinea

Villages evacuated as the Papua New Guinea volcano – one of the most dangerous in the world – bursts into the air spewing lava and ash

  • Mount Ulawun volcano erupts with hot ash and lava flying into the sky
  • Villages around the base of the volatile volcano have been evacuated
  • Pilot flying near the crater in the new column of Black smoke from Papua New Guinea
  • Volcano is mentioned in the 16 & # 39; Decade Volcanoes & # 39; because it involves a high risk of eruption
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A volcano in Papua New Guinea began spewing lava and ash in the air, causing residents to flee in a panic.

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Mount Ulawun volcano – designated as one of & # 39; the world's most dangerous – started spraying ash today, blackening the sky and evacuating villages.

A pilot for Niugini helicopters flying near the crater saw a column of lava spray vertically into the equatorial sky, along with ash that has been harvesting since the early morning.

Witnesses said that lava had cut off the main road in the north of the island and some Reported Ash spit out of the 7,657 ft (2,334 meter) summit, sending trails spanning overhead.

This photo was made by Niugini Helicopters. One of the company's pilots witnessed a column of lava that vertically shot into the air from the volcano in Papua New Guinea

This photo was made by Niugini Helicopters. One of the company's pilots witnessed a column of lava that vertically shot into the air from the volcano in Papua New Guinea

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The volatile volcano, located on the remote Bismarck archipelago, is listed as one of the 16 & # 39; Decade volcanoes & # 39; that is focused on research because they pose a significant risk of major violent outbursts.

Kingsly Quou, the manager of nearby Mavo Estates, a palm plantation, said: & The sky has turned black & # 39 ;, adding that villagers had already been evacuated at the base of the volcano.

Quou said that villagers living at the foot of the volcano had already been evacuated and he and his colleagues were collecting their things.

& # 39; The volcanic activity on Mt Ulawun started this morning at 7 o'clock after a light rumbling and light emission, & # 39; said Leo Porikura, an officer at the West New Britain Disaster Office.

& # 39; The Rabaul Volcano Observatory has issued a warning for a possible eruption of the Mt Ulawun volcano. & # 39;

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Thousands of people live in the shadow of Ulawun, despite being one of the most active volcanoes in the country.

The Mount Ulawun volcano of Papua New Guinea, one of the most dangerous in the world, is nowadays seen as a spit

The Mount Ulawun volcano of Papua New Guinea, one of the most dangerous in the world, is nowadays seen as a spit

The Mount Ulawun volcano of Papua New Guinea, one of the most dangerous in the world, is nowadays seen as a spit

Japanese satellite images and sources on the ground had shown sulfur dioxide and now volcanic ash drifting off the crater.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the axis reached more than 13 kilometers (44,000 feet) in the air.

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The agency's Darwin volcanic ash center gave a & # 39; red & # 39; warning to airlines, indicating that the eruption was imminent, although it is not believed that this is an immediate threat to flight paths.

Thousands of people live in the shadow of Ulawun, despite being one of the most active volcanoes in the country.

Porikura said that people living near the volcano had been instructed to move to safer areas and that a disaster team had been deployed.

Villages were evacuated when many fled the lava and ash was sent high in the air by Mount Ulawun volcano

Villages were evacuated when many fled the lava and ash was sent high in the air by Mount Ulawun volcano

Villages were evacuated when many fled the lava and ash was sent high in the air by Mount Ulawun volcano

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& # 39; The disaster team will liaise with the local community, local businesses, and local government agencies to prepare for a potential outburst, "he said.

& # 39; Three crucial priority areas to be addressed are the transport plan, the preparations in the care center and getting the communities in the high-risk areas to prepare for an evacuation & # 39 ;, said Porikura.

The nearby Rabaul Volcano Observatory said the volcano's emissions were getting darker, indicating a higher ash content – which can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation and skin irritation due to the high acid content.

An expert team had visited earlier this month and reported that the volcano & # 39; quiet & # 39; was and added that & # 39; there is no indication of any change in the state of unrest. & # 39;

The ash emissions were caused by an increase in seismic activity, Porikura said.

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