Around 1500 are being evacuated from Papua New Guinea's islands as a volcano started to spew ash.
On Friday, around 500 residents on Blup Blup Island were safely evacuated amid reports of a large explosion from the volcano. The PNG government then made a decision to evacuate Blup Blup as well because of issues with supplying people on the island along with the danger from the eruption.
The volcano is not listed as one of Papua New Guinea' 16 deemed to be active and has not been routinely monitored.
Photos and videos from Brandon Buser show volcanic activity from the Kadovar volcano on January 8.
A dome of lava was also observed in the sea at the base of thick white steam clouds that were rising to nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, according to the latest bulletin of the Rabaul Volcanologist Observatory quoted in Reuters. This was the first such instance ever recorded for the 1,197-feet Mount Kadovar, which vented ash for several days before exploding, blasting out glowing red rocks and sulphur dioxide.
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on twitter that the Australian Government was contributing A$25,000 ($19,775) worth of humanitarian supplies for those affected.
Local authorities have planned a further evacuation of people in the islands of Blup Blup and Bam-also known as Biem-fearing that their own volcanoes could erupt, and also issued a tsunami warning.
The eruption may become explosive, bringing a risk of tsunamis and landslides, domestic online media Loop PNG quoted the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory as saying.