Large eruption occurs in Papua New Guinea: Japan weather agency
A large volcanic eruption occurred in Papua New Guinea on Monday, producing plumes as high as 15 kilometers, but there is no risk of it causing a tsunami capable of reaching Japan, the Japanese weather agency said.
The eruption at Ulawun in the Pacific island nation occurred at around 3:30 p.m. Japan time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that a volcanic ash advisory center in Australia had confirmed the eruption.
No significant tidal level changes had been seen at domestic or international observatories.
The agency had earlier predicted that if a tsunami had occurred, it would likely reach the Izu island chain near Tokyo and the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific Ocean, south of the Japanese capital, around 6:30 p.m.
The agency has provided regular updates on large eruptions with plumes of 15 km or more since a massive underwater volcanic eruption off the South Pacific island country of Tonga last year led to a tsunami being observed in Japan.