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Volcano Erupts In Papua New Guinea, Spewing Lava And Giant Cloud Of Ash

Mount Tavurvur began a significant eruption Friday, sending a cloud of ash several miles into the sky. The volcano destroyed the area's capital two decades ago.

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Mount Tavurvur, an active volcano near the town of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, began erupting early Friday morning.

#Tavurvur this AM, #Rabaul district affected so far, @BurnetInstitute staff all ok, hoping all closer got out #PNG.

Shelley Hendel@Shelleyjlh

#Tavurvur this AM, #Rabaul district affected so far, @BurnetInstitute staff all ok, hoping all closer got out #PNG.

7:40 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Photo of yesterday morning's Tavurvur eruption in Rabaul PNG (thanks to Gideon Kakabin)

David Bridie@dbridie

Photo of yesterday morning's Tavurvur eruption in Rabaul PNG (thanks to Gideon Kakabin)

5:15 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mount Tavurvur is located on the eastern end of New Britain, an island that is part of Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province.

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Papua New Guinea is located north of Australia. Mount Tavurvur has erupted several times in recent years, including in 1994, when it destroyed the provincial capital of Rabaul. During that event, nearby Mount Vulcan erupted at the same time.

Friday's eruption sent a column of ash, smoke, and lava 11 miles into the air, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Mt #Tavurvur #volcanoe has erupted this morning in Rabaul, #PNG. First major eruption after 20 years.

Hubert Namani@hhnamani

Mt #Tavurvur #volcanoe has erupted this morning in Rabaul, #PNG. First major eruption after 20 years.

2:09 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Australian flights had to be rerouted around the volcano, according to Yahoo7 News.

Mt Tavurvur erupts #PNG #Rabaul #volcano

WM@niugini_gold

Mt Tavurvur erupts #PNG #Rabaul #volcano

3:20 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mt Tavurvur erupted this morning#EastNewBritianProvince#PNG

Rosebuds@tongamp_g

Mt Tavurvur erupted this morning#EastNewBritianProvince#PNG

6:41 PM - 28 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One witness, Jason Tassell, captured the eruption on video.

Tassell posted the video to Facebook, and said he shot it just outside his room in the city of Kokopo.

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People near the eruption told local media they could hear booms from the volcano, and that the area was covered in about a centimeter of ash.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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