According to the Associated Press news agency, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said that a volcano has erupted in Papua New Guinea. The agency is assessing the potential tsunami threat to Japanese coasts, the department said. At 3:30 p.m., there was an explosion at Mount Olaon on New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea, after which the agency said that clouds of smoke were seen at an altitude of 15,000 meters, or 50,000 feet, which were quite scary.
The Meteorological Department has urged coastal residents to be alert to the possible threat of a tsunami. The assessment of the possible impact on Japan also includes the risk of a tsunami hitting the country on Monday. The JMA said the first tsunami waves could reach Izu and Ogasawara islands about three hours after the tremors from the volcanic eruption. However, the agency said it could not estimate the potential size of the tsunami without issuing an advisory or warning immediately because no significant changes in sea level were detected in or outside of Japan.
What did Papua New Guinea say on the volcano?
Papua New Guinea’s government agency, which monitors earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, did not immediately respond. But government agency Geoscience Australia said there was no tsunami warning for Australian waters. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also did not issue a warning.
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