Some locals have started to leave Papua New Guinea due to a volcanic eruption, and the island’s airport has had to cancel flights.
The most active volcano in the South Pacific, Ulawun, ejected smoke from the atmosphere on Monday afternoon for the first time in years, according to the country’s Geohazards Management Division.
Officials coordinated evacuation plans and canceled fights at the Hoskins airport in the area as a result of the eruption on New Britain Island.
On Tuesday, the ash plume rose to a height of at least 5 km (3. 1 miles), but the country’s geological hazard division downgraded its alert level from Level 4 to Level 3, indicating an eruption that was “moderate to strong” rather than “very strong.”
According to the division, the volcano was still active and the eruption could go on forever.
The division said on Tuesday that there was no chance the explosion would cause a tsunami off the coast of Japan.
The Papua New Guinean town of Bialla, situated among oil palm plantations on Ulawun’s slopes, is located 47 kilometers (29 miles) from the erupting volcano.
In oil palm plantations close to the volcano, the division claimed that thick layers of black ash were accumulating on roofs and causing leaves to droop.
“Ring of Fire”
The majority of the world’s earthquake and volcanic activity takes place in Papua New Guinea, which is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults.
Since the 1700s, Ulawun has erupted frequently. More than 5,000 people were forced to flee after its most recent significant eruption in 2019.
According to the division, Ulawun’s history of eruptions has not resulted in any known casualties.