Papua New Guinea volcano Mount Kadovar spews ‘dome of lava’ amid mass evacuation
The country’s Red Cross Secretary General, Uvenama Rova, stated that locals “rushed immediately to escape” and are in “immediate need of food” as the volcano continues to plague the region.
The dome of lava could reportedly be seen in the sea at the base of steam clouds that are rising to 600meters above sea level.
Chris Firth, a vulcanologist at Macquarie University, detailed that this is the first confirmed eruption report to come from Kadovar.
The volcano started erupting on January 5, this led to 590 people fleeing to the nearby island of Blup Blup.
Then Kadovar exploded, causing glowing rocks and sulphur dioxide to be launched into the sky, according to the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory.
The island of Blup Blup was then evacuated due to the increased severity of the situation.
The Kadovar volcano is located 15miles from Papuan mainland.
The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory previously warned that tsunamis could be generated from Kadovar’s tremendous force.
It said: “Due to the steepness of the island, landslides are possible, and together with the explosive nature of the magma, tsunamis may be generated.
“Due to the size of the island, any activity will impact the local population.”
The Darwin Volcanic Ash Centre in Australia said the 1,197ft volcano started erupting on Friday and between 50 and 60 per cent of the island has already been covered by lava.
Cheyne O’Brien, a forecaster at the Advisory Centre said: “It’s just a continuous emission of volcanic ash at the moment.”
The plumes of ash billowing into the sky do not pose a hazard for aviation, but Ms O’Brien said that all it would take is a change of wind direction to cause travel chaos in the area.
Councillor Tom Kelly, on nearby Koper island, said: “The island is in a critical situation. The clues are darker and increasing at an alarming rate.”
An estimated 500-600 people live on the island that is home to the Kadovar volcano.
The volcano is not listed as one of Papua New Guinea’ 16 deemed to be active and has not been routinely monitored.