Dormant volcano ERUPTS for the first time in history and sparks evacuation of entire island – as experts warn explosive magma could cause a TSUNAMI

Sunday, January 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

Hundreds of residents have forced to evacuate their homes on Kadovar Island
The dormant volcano erupted at noon on Friday, spewing lava, dust and ashes
Experts have warned that the eruption may cause a tsunami to engulf the island
Officials have reported no loss of life as nearby island help to shelter residents

7 January 2018

Hundreds of residents have forced to evacuate their homes after a surprise eruption from a dormant volcano, carpeting the village below with dust and ash.

A volcanic plume of ash and gases rose more than two kilometres into the air over Kadovar Island off the northeastern coast of Papua New Guinea.

Experts are racing to uncover the cause of the unexpected eruption as lava continues to spew from the volcano, covering more than 50 per cent of the land.

Wewak District Administrator Ricky Wobar wrote on social media that the situation was ‘critical’ and ‘worsening’.

Authorities rushed to help people displaced by the occurrence as 600 people fled the island, some in dinghies, just after 12pm on Friday afternoon.

According to, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory has warned Papua New Guinea that the aftermath of the explosion could be a devastating tsunami.

Due to the steepness of the island, landslides are possible and together with the explosive nature of the magma, tsunamis may be generated,’ a report read.

‘It appears a fissure may be opening just inside of the western wall of the vent’s breach, descending down to at least sea level.’

Experts also noted that as there are no eruptions ever recorded from Kadovar, there was little in the way of monitoring for the volcano prior to the new ash emissions.

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