More than 500 people living on Kadovar Island, Papua New Guinea have been evacuated by boats following the first eruption of Kadovar volcano in known history at 12:00 local time Friday, January 5, 2018 or at 02:00 UTC Jan. 6. The volcanic ash cloud was reaching an altitude of 2.1 km (7 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code for the volcano was raised to Orange. 50 – 60 percent of the island is already covered by lava. The latest activity at this volcano was a period of heightened thermal phenomena in 1976.

The clouds are darker and the Kadova volcanic activity is increasing at an alarming rate since yesterday. Dust and ashfalls are reported in Kairuru Island, Mt Uru in Yangoru and Woginara in the West coast of Wewak District are under thick clouds and dust. Mushu is covered by dust, it said. The following video reports about the alarming situation:

The volcanic plume was clearly visible on Himawari-8 imagery acquired 02:30 UTC today. The volcanic ash cloud was reaching an altitude of 2.1 km (7 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is at Orange.

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First eruption of Kadovar volcano in PNG occurred on January 6 2018. via Facebook
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The plume of ash was ejected to 2.1 km (7000 feet) in the air. via Facebook
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The 500 inhabitants of the volcanic island were evacuated after the surprise eruption of Kadovar Volcano on January 6, 2018. via Facebook

Kadovar is a two kilometers wide volcanic island which is part of the Schouten Islands, and lies off the coast of New Guinea, about 25 km (15 miles) N of the mouth of the Sepik River. The village of Gewai is perched on the crater rim at 365 meters (1 200 feet) above see level.

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