Volcano eruption sparks mass panic

ABOUT 1500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross says.

A volcano on the island of Kadovar, located about 24km north of the Papuan mainland, began erupting on January 5. That prompted the evacuation of 590 people on Kadovar to the nearby island of Blup Blup.

After venting ash for several days, the volcano exploded on Friday, blasting out glowing red rocks and sulphur dioxide, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said in a bulletin.

The PNG government then decided to evacuate Blup Blup as well because of issues with supplying people on the island along with the danger from the eruption.

The evacuees are being moved to the mainland and …

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