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091006pcfrontpage The Mt Tavurvur eruption in Rabaul has subsided and the skies are now clearing. But Tokua airport near Kokopo has been closed indefinitely after the runway was inundated by volcanic ash. Nonga hospital has also been closed.

Tavurvur, on the outskirts of Rabaul, erupted on Saturday with a blast that shattered windows up to 12 km away. Around 2,000 people - 90 percent of the population - fled the town as ash rained down and lava poured into the sea.

Volcanic activity on Tavuvur has been declining since Saturday afternoon but the Rabaul Volcanic Observatory reported yesterday there were still explosions and some ash fallout.


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