While everyone has been focused on Bardarbunga, Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea has been putting on a show. One of the world’s most active volcanoes spewed lava and sent massive clouds of smoke and ash 60,000 feet into the air. The massive ash plumes have promoted aviation warnings for the area surrounding the volcano.

Authorities did evacuate several areas and are telling people living in Rabaul to stay indoors as ash begins to fall in the areas nearest to the volcano. The AP is reporting some areas have seen about half an inch of ash on the ground.

As for the airline impact, a Qantas spokeswoman said flight paths between Sydney and Tokyo and Sydney and Shanghai have been altered.

Here’s a few pictures showing the violent eruption at Mount Tavurvur.

Image credit: Oliver Bluett/Getty Images


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