August 29, 2014 – Major Volcanic Eruption in PNG: A MAJOR volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea this morning could disrupt flights to and from Australia. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin is monitoring the ash cloud from Tavurcur on PNG’s East Britain Island, which is slowly drifting southwest. Senior meteorologist Ian Shepherd said they were watching the cloud closely and providing advice to airlines.
“The volcanic eruption reached the top of the atmosphere at 50,000 feet which is the same height as which planes travel,” said Mr. Shepherd. “It’s too early to say at this point if the ash cloud will reach Australia but it was a significant eruption.”
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