Volcano Erupts in Papua New Guinea, Diverting Flights

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Image: Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea
Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea on August 29, 2014, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. OLIVER BLUETT / AFP - Getty Images

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A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths.

Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. There have been no reports of injuries.

Image: Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea
Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea on August 29, 2014. The volcano, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.JOYCE LESSIMANUAJA / AFP - Getty Images

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