Several communities were evacuated and some international flights were diverted on Friday after volcano erupted on Papua New Guinea.
Authorities in the South Pacific nation evacuated communities close to Mount Tavurvur, in Rabaul district on New Britain Island.
Residents of Rabaul town, the provincial capital, were advised to remain indoors to avoid falling ash.
Local residents said about one centimeter (half an inch) of ash covered surrounding areas as the volcano spewed a massive column of gritty smoke.
Qantas Airways said the ash cloud from the volcano prompted minor alterations to flight paths between Sydney and Tokyo and between Sydney and Shanghai.
The volcano, which is one of the most active in the region, destroyed the town of Rabaul in 1994 when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan.
Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.