People evacuated from Papua New Guinea island after volcano explodes

An image of the Kadovar Island volcano erupting taken from a plane. There is thick smoke and ash rising from the island's top

An image of the Kadovar Island volcano erupting taken from a plane. There is thick smoke and ash rising from the island's top

A dormant volcano that first began erupting on January 5 exploded on Friday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from the Kadovar island in Papua New Guinea.

A dome of lava was also observed in the sea at the base of thick white steam clouds that were rising to nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, according to the latest bulletin of the Rabaul Volcanologist Observatory quoted in Reuters.

The Kadovar volcano is located 15miles from Papuan mainland.

The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory previously warned that tsunamis could be generated from Kadovar's tremendous force.

It said: "Due to the steepness of the island, landslides are possible, and together with the explosive nature of the magma, tsunamis may be generated".

New Footage of Papua New Guinea's Kadovar Volcano Erupting

"It's just a continuous emission of volcanic ash at the moment", Cheyne O'Brien, a forecaster at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre said.

The plume does not yet pose a hazard to aviation, but a change in wind direction could hit operations at PNG's Wewak airport, O'Brien said. "The clues are darker and increasing at an alarming rate".

The volcano is not listed as one of Papua New Guinea' 16 deemed to be active and has not been routinely monitored.

East Sepik Province Governor Allan Bird said in a statement shared to Facebook that 3,000 people would be evacuated from Biem Island due to volcanic activity from the island's volcano, then 1,500 residents of Blup Blup Island would be evacuated over fears of new eruptions from the Kadovar volcano on neighboring Kadovar Island.