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Volcano erupts for first time in Papua New Guinea

ANI  |  Port Moresby [Papua New Guinea] 

A dormant erupted for the very first time in a dramatic fashion, spewing and sending an ash at around two kilometres above the sea level.

The reported that the volcano, located on the Kadovar Island, situated in north-eastern Papua New Guinea, lay dormant until yesterday when it began to erupt at around noon. The is still spewing lava, stripping large parts of land in the island.

Experts are calling the eruption the "first surprise to erupt in 2018".

Thick dust, clouds and smoke have surrounded the island. Experts are also discovering why the once-dormant volcano erupted all of a sudden. The island is approximately located 24 kilometres from the northern coast of mainland

At least 600 residents of the volcanic island were evacuated after the local authorities received distress calls from them.

The said that the eruption could become 'explosive'.

"Due to the steepness of the island, landslides are possible and together with the explosive nature of the magma, tsunamis may be generated", the observatory said.

"It appears from and aerial photographs, that it started with mild Vulcanian activity from a vent at the south-east base of the cumulodome. A fissure may be opening just inside the western wall of the vent's breach, descending down to the sea level", added the observatory.

said that the situation on the island had worsened after flying overhead to assess the situation on the island, where they observed coming out of the once dormant volcano.

Around 60 percent of the island has been covered by since the volcano first erupted.

"The island is in a critical situation. The clouds are darker and increasing at an alarming rate", said Kopar councilor

sits in the region of 'Ring of Fire', which is an area in the Pacific Ocean, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 22:50 IST