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Large eruption occurs in Papua New Guinea; no tsunami in Japan

Tuesday evening volcanic eruption sent plumes up to 15 km in altitude

Infrared image of Papua New Guinea at the time of the eruption captured by a Japanese satellite. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A large volcanic eruption occurred on a small island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea's main island on Tuesday evening, issuing plumes up to 15 kilometers in altitude, but there is no danger of an eruption-triggered tsunami affecting Japan, the weather agency said.

The eruption on Manam in the Pacific island nation occurred at around 6:50 p.m. Tokyo time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that a volcanic ash advisory center in Australia confirmed the eruption.

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