High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, heavy ashfall blocking sunlight, P.N.G.

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 03:00 UTC on December 8, 2018. Heavy ashfall is falling on the island, blocking out sunlight.

Volcanic ash rose up to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Darwin VAAC, forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red.

Heavy ashfall is blocking out sunlight on the island, locals report.