Spectacular eruption of Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea

One to keep an eye on, rather than Iceland. :o)

Watts Up With That?

While we watch Iceland’s unpronounceable volcano, on the other side of the world, in Papua New Guinea, Mount Tavurvur is already causing damage and threatening lives as well as disrupting some international air travel.

Mount Tavurvur erupts in Papua New Guinea on Friday, August 29th, 2014. Image from Roberto Lopez via Twitter Mount Tavurvur erupts in Papua New Guinea on Friday, August 29th, 2014. Image from Roberto Lopez via Twitter

Mount Tavurvur, is part of the larger Rabaul caldera, seen here:

An ash plume rises from Tavurvur Volcano (part of the Rabaul Volcanic Complex) on November 19, 1999. NASA/USGS Landsat 7. At center, an ash plume rises from Tavurvur Volcano (part of the Rabaul Volcanic Complex) on November 19, 1999. NASA/USGS Landsat 7.

Tavurvur is an active stratovolcano that lies near Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. It is a sub-vent of the Rabaul caldera and lies on the eastern rim of the larger feature. An eruption of the volcano largely destroyed the nearby town of Rabaul in 1994. (Wikiedia description)

The eruption on Friday shot volcanic ash into the stratosphere and it was reported that Qantas Airlines

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