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Volcano erupts on remote Papua New Guinea island

AFP  |  Sydney 

One of Papua New Guinea's most active volcanoes has begun to erupt, authorities said Tuesday, pummelling villages on a remote island with volcanic rock.

is a volcanic cone that towers out of the sea north of the mainland and has a history of eruptions, with major activity in November 2004 forcing the evacuation of some 9,000 people.

The has erupted a number of times since then and spewed lava and ash last month.

A series of tremors around Manam triggered a warning system on Monday and the began erupting shortly after, the said.

The eruption continued into early Tuesday, of the observatory told AFP.

An observatory report shared with local website Loop PNG said the latest eruption came from the main crater, with lava channelled into a nearby valley and "intermittent bursts" of volcanic rock falling on villages.

has many volcanoes, particularly on its offshore islands, as the country lies at the junction of two tectonic plates.

Some islanders who were evacuated from Manam 15 years ago and resettled elsewhere on recently complained they were still struggling with their new lives, newspaper reported.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 12:10 IST