Major eruption in Papua New Guinea

Major eruption in Papua New Guinea

Large explosive eruption propels ash to 60,000 feet (18,288 meters) – Aviation color code raised to red.

Tavurvur volcano – Courtesy Wikipedia

Mount Tavurvur erupted early on Friday, forcing evacuation of local communities.

The eruption involved “incandescent projections and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises,” stated a notice from the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards.

Officials said there have been no reports of deaths or injuries so far, but local residents were advised to remain indoors to avoid falling ash.

Photos from Rabaul show the ground covered in a layer of ash.

The 2,257-foot (688-meter) volcano, on the tip of New Britain island in the country’s east, has erupted many times in the past 80 years; in 1937, 1994, 2006 and again last year.

The 1994 eruption, which occurred simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan, destroyed Rabaul town. Although few lives were lost due to quick evacuation, looters ransacked the town.

Today’s eruption prompted Australia to issue travel warnings against visiting the island.

“It’s too early to say at this point if the ash cloud will reach Australia but it was a significant eruption,” said senior meteorologist Ian Shepherd.

Papua New Guinea lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is home to a number of active volcanoes.

Thanks to Ronald Baker, A.J. Virgo, Lyn Roberts, Wanda and Cameron Dale for these links

“This eruption being in the Ring of Fire is more significant than Iceland,” says Cameron.

9 thoughts on “Major eruption in Papua New Guinea”

  1. To all AGW warmists:

    Applaud this news. Ejected SO2 and ash will help offset any CO2-induced warming you think is going on elsewhere around the world.

    Yours truly,
    An anthropogenic denier

  2. Because this is in the ring of fire it is more significant? Really? Because it’s a equatorial eruption, I would suspect it is less significant since it probably will effect world climate far less than an equivalent eruption in Iceland.

  3. Ash up to 11 miles is significant. Just have to find out how much was ejected and what type. Being in the southern Hemisphere it might mean a cool Spring/Summer for them.

  4. TOM O – I had the same question. A meteorologist explained that equatorial eruptions (high-reaching ash-plumes and gas more specifically) have a higher chance of influencing weather on a global scale because the tropics have enough strength in their winds to push the ash across the globe and block sunlight, and the Poles have less strength and keep it more localized.

    If that info is wrong please someone say so. 🙂

    • Equatorial eruptions, powerful ones, can reduce global temps, but lead to calmer weather patterns as the temp differential between the equator and poles is reduced. Polar eruptions have little effect on global temps but lead to wilder weather patterns, especially in winter, as the temp differential is increased.

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