'About 1,500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a nearby volcano erupted for the first time, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.
A volcano on the island of Kadovar, located about 24 km (15 miles) north of the Papuan mainland, began erupting on 5 January which prompted the evacuation of 590 people to the nearby island of Blup Blup.
After venting ash for several days, the volcano exploded on Friday, blasting out burning rocks and sulphur dioxide, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said in a bulletin. It is the first time the volcano has erupted in known history.
The PNG government subsequently decided to evacuate Blup Blup as well because of difficulties with supplying people on the island along with the danger from the eruption.
The evacuees are being moved to the mainland and the International Red Cross is providing about 87,000 kina (£19,720) in funding to help them, said PNG Red Cross Secretary General Uvenama Rova speaking from the capital of Port Moresby.'
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