Because of the eruption of the volcano, thousands of residents were forced to leave the island of Manam in Papua New Guinea.
About 2 thousand people from 9 thousand inhabitants of the island on Saturday morning were evacuated to safer areas. The eruption of the volcano began around 06:00 local time. The giant threw a 15-kilometer column of ash into the air, submerging the region for a few hours in the dark. Under the weight of the ashes broke the trees. People used torches to move.
Experts warn that further volcanic activity is expected, despite the fact that the initial phase of the eruption was over.
Local residents were urged to stay away from the eruption area.