- Hundreds of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes on Kadovar Island, Papua New Guinea
- Experts have warned that the eruption may cause tsunamis and landslides
- The island of Kadovar is located about 24 kilometers north of the main territory of Papua New Guinea
A remote island volcano in Papua New Guinea has begun spewing ash into the air; forcing the authorities to begin evacuation of more than 500 residents.
There are concerns the eruption could become explosive and bring a risk of tsunamis and landslides.
Kadovar Island, a 365-metre-tall volcano on the north coast of Papua New Guinea, was thought to be dormant until it began erupting on January 5.
“It’s just a continuous emission of volcanic ash at the moment,” Cheyne O’Brien, a forecaster at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, told Reuters.
The ash clouds have been thrown up steadily to a height of 2,133 metres; forming a plume that is travelling west-northwest, he added.
The island of Kadovar is located about 24 kilometers north of the main territory of Papua New Guinea.
Kadovar was discovered by the Spanish navigator Iñigo Órtiz de Retes in 1545 when he returned after an exploratory trip to present-day Mexico.
Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire. It is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.