On Wednesday, Papua New Guinea’s Mount Ulawun volcano, which is designated as one of the world’s most hazardous, began spewing ash, turning the sky black and prompting authorities to warn of a possible eruption.
The volcano, located on the remote Bismarck Archipelago, is listed as one of 16 “Decade Volcanoes” targeted for research because they pose a significant risk of large, violent eruptions.
“The volcanic activity at Mt Ulawun began at 7:00 am this morning after slight rumbling and light emission,” Leo Porikura, an official with the West New Britain Disaster Office, told AFP.
“The Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption of Mt Ulawun Volcano.”
“The sky has turned black,” said Kingsly Quou, the manager of the nearby Mavo Estates, a palm plantation, adding that villagers had already been evacuated from the foot of the volcano.