A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea on December 8, 2018, ejecting an ash plume up to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level and forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red. The ongoing heavy ashfall is blocking out sunlight on the island. 

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Powerful eruption of Manm volcano, PNG, sends ash plume 45000 feet in the air. Picture via Facebook

The ash plume is now dissipating, but clouds are obscuring the summit of the deadly peak. This makes it difficult to determine if the volcanic eruption is still ongoing.

The previous high-impact eruption of this volcano took place on August 25, 2018, when 2,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

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