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Papua New Guinea volcano erupts and Japan says it is assessing possible tsunami risk on its islands

A volcano in Papua New Guinea has erupted and the Japan Meteorological Agency says it assesses a possible tsunami risk for the Japanese coast

The agency said it was assessing possible impact, including the risk of a tsunami approaching Japan later Monday. The first waves of the tsunami could reach the islands of Izu and Ogasawara about three hours after the tremors caused by the eruption, the JMA said.

The agency has not issued any tsunami advisories or warnings. No notable changes in sea level were detected at observation sites in Japan and abroad.

Papua New Guinea’s Geohazards Management Division said volcanic activity at Ulawun began on Monday afternoon. The eruption is expected to continue indefinitely, it added, and has raised the volcano’s risk level to the highest level of four.

JMA, however, urged coastal residents to remain cautious in the event of a delayed tsunami. He said he could not immediately predict the possible size of the waves.


McGuirk reported from Canberra, Australia.

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