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Volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea

By Jethro Mullen and Radina Gigova, CNN
updated 11:05 AM EDT, Fri August 29, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mount Tavurvur spews a tower of ash 60,000 feet into the sky
  • The volcano is situated near the township of Rabaul on the island of New Britain
  • Tavurvur erupted in 1994 along with another nearby volcano, destroying Rabaul

(CNN) -- A volcano erupted in Papua New Guinea on Friday, spurting ash tens of thousands of feet into the sky.

The eruption of Mount Tavurvur on the island of New Britain began early Friday, said Craig Earl-Spurr, a meteorologist at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Australia.

The volcano spewed a thick tower of ash that reached as high as 60,000 feet above sea level.

Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupts Monday, September 29. It was the second volcano in two days to erupt in Japan. Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupts Monday, September 29. It was the second volcano in two days to erupt in Japan.
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Dramatic photos posted on social media showed Tavurvur belching fire and ash from across a bay. The volcano is situated only a few kilometers from the township of Rabaul.

In 1994, Tavurvur erupted at the same time as nearby Mount Vulcan, destroying Rabaul.

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