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12:00 AM, June 28, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, June 28, 2019

Thousands flee erupting PNG volcano

An erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea that has blanketed a town in ash has forced around 5,000 people from their homes, officials said yesterday.

Mount Ulawun -- one of the world’s most hazardous volcanoes -- began spewing lava and smoke high into the air on Wednesday.

Chris Lagisa, a community elder, said people had gathered at a church hall to flee on lorries, trucks and 4x4s, clutching sacks filled with belongings.

In the nearby provincial capital of Kimbe, grey ash that had been shot more than 13 kilometres (8 miles) into the air, turning day to night, began to fall on cars and homes.

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