Ash-spewing volcano in Papua New Guinea forces villagers to flee

8 January 2018

A remote island volcano in Papua New Guinea has begun spewing ash into the air. The disaster forced the evacuation of more than 500 local residents, media and non-profit groups have said. The volcano was thought to be dormant until it began erupting on Friday. A forecaster at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre said a plume travelling west-northwest does not yet pose a hazard to aviation. But a change in wind direction could hit operations at PNG's Wewak airport, he added.