No casualties reported from eruption

No casualties have been reported from the December 8th Manam volcanic eruption.

In its December 10th report, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) confirmed lava flow into the Northeast Valley yesterday morning.

“The flow tracked down the southern side of the valley towards Boakure village but stopped well short of the village.

“Ash and scoria fall was described to be moderate in the downwind areas, including Warisi village on the southeast side of the island.

“The system is still dynamic and volatile and therefore the potential for further eruptive activity in the future is still high.”

The Observatory says though the eruption is relatively small and ash and scoria fall is probably small, people should still take precautions from possible mudflows.

“People are also advised to avoid venturing or doing activities in the four main valleys for prolonged periods.”

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