By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
Volcanic ash was sent 19,812 meters (65,000 feet) into the air as a result of the eruption, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported in an volcanic ash advisory. The plume was moving to the southwest but was spreading out in all directions.
|A volcanic ash plume is shown off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Friday, July 31, 2015, after the Manam volcano erupted. (Photo/Himawari-8/Japanese Meteorological Agency/NOAA).|
A Code Red aviation advisory was issued as a result.
The eruption was reported around 1 p.m. Friday, local time (11 p.m. EDT).
The last major eruption of Manam, located 13 kilometers (8 miles) off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea, occurred in August 2004, according to the Global Volcanism Program at the Smithsonian Institution.
The Manam volcano is 1,807 meters (5,927 feet) high.