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Watch: huge plume of smoke after eruption in Papua New Guinea

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By Euronews
Watch: huge plume of smoke after eruption in Papua New Guinea

<p>This is the amateur footage of a volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea.</p> <p>It was captured earlier on Friday (August 30) morning, after Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, according to a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory.</p> <p></br></p> <div align="center"><iframe class="player" frameborder="0" src="//www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10153095077632892" height="300" width="300"></iframe></div> <p></br></p> <p>It comes as <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/29/volcanic-eruption-in-iceland-puts-aviation-authorities-on-high-alert/">Iceland raised its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption overnight</a>. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe’s airspace for six days.</p> <p>The Papua New Guinea eruption caused some aircraft to alter their flight paths.</p> <p>“Flight paths between Sydney and Narita (Tokyo) and Sydney and Shanghai have been altered as a result of the volcanic ash cloud over Rabaul in eastern Papua New Guinea,” Qantas spokeswoman Sarah Algar told Reuters.</p> <p>“The QF21, QF22 and QF130 will now fly over central Papua New Guinea to avoid the cloud.”</p> <p>Authorities have not issued an evacuation order for the town closest to the volcano, Rabaul, which was destroyed in 1994 during a previous but more severe eruption.</p> <p>“People still live here, we have to get on with our daily lives,” Rabaul Hotel employee Susie McGrade told Australia’s <span class="caps">ABC</span> radio.</p> <p>“We’re up on the rooves, cleaning off the ash, we’ve got to save our property, try and get back to normal, so what can we do? We’ve got no where else to go.”</p> <p>There have been no reports of injuries.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck" align="center"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tavurvur?src=hash">#Tavurvur</a> this AM, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rabaul?src=hash">#Rabaul</a> district affected so far, <a href="https://twitter.com/BurnetInstitute"><code>BurnetInstitute</a> staff all ok, hoping all closer got out <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PNG?src=hash">#PNG</a>. <a href="http://t.co/5icUSLzEUQ">pic.twitter.com/5icUSLzEUQ</a></p>&mdash; Shelley Hendel (</code>Shelleyjlh) <a href="https://twitter.com/Shelleyjlh/statuses/505183188876918785">August 29, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Credit: Shelley Hendel/Twitter (picture); Facebook/ Jason Tassell (video)</p>