Papua New Guinea volcano erupts; residents evacuated and flights diverted

August 29, 2014 12:33 PM

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Papua New Guinea volcano erupts; residents evacuated and flights diverted

CANBERRA, Australia -- Several communities were evacuated and some international flights were diverted Friday after a volcanic eruption on Papua New Guinea.

Authorities in the South Pacific nation had evacuated communities close to Mount Tavurvur which erupted early Friday in Rabaul district on New Britain Island, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement.

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