Papua New Guinea volcano spews ash, triggering eruption alert

AFP

Papua New Guinea's volatile Ulawun volcano began spewing ash on Wednesday, prompting authorities to evacuate villages near the area.

The volcano on the remote Bismarck Archipelago chain is listed as one of 16 'Decade Volcanoes' targeted for research.

"The volcanic activity at Mt Ulawun began at 7:00 am this morning (local time) after slight rumbling and light emission," an official with the West New Britain Disaster Office observed.

"The Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption."

Witnesses reported ash spewing out of the summit, turning the sky dark.

More from International

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • The Weekend Playlist

    8:00pm - 4:00am

    Every Friday night Dubai Eye 103.8 plays you the greatest party classics and anthems all the way till Saturday morning!

  • Nights on Dubai Eye 103.8

    4:00am - 6:00am

    Dubai Eye complements the conversation with the music you love from the eighties, nineties and newer.

On Dubai Eye

  • Tony Robbins Live in Dubai

    Najahi Events presents the highly anticipated Tony Robbins Event, Achieve the Unimaginable with Celebrity Guest Appearances, Live at the Coca Cola Arena, 3rd September.

  • Farmer's Kitchen

    Welcome to Farmer's Kitchen, the brand new show for foodies on Dubai Eye 103.8.

  • Brandy Scott Signs TV Deal!

    Brandy Scott's novel, 'Not Bad People' will be adpated for television. Watch her interview here.