A powerful eruption from Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea, occurred on 8 December, ejecting an ash plume up to 13.7 km above sea level and forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red. The eruption started at 13:00 (local time) and lasted until approximately 10:00 on Sunday 9 December.
Based on initial reports from the ground, the eruption has affected the north-eastern part of the island. In particular, lava flow affected Bokure (Bokuri) and Kolang (NE Manam). Communities in both localities have been evacuated.
The Madang provincial administration will hold an emergency meeting on 10 December to discuss the response.
According to the UN Disaster Management Team Secretariat (DMT) in Papua New Guinea, humanitarian partners in Madang are on standby to support the provincial disaster coordinator. Prepositioned items are in stock in Lae and can be deployed upon a request.