31 Jan 2005

One dead, several injured, others being evacuated after latest eruption on PNG's Manam island

5:20 pm on 31 January 2005

The volcano on the Papua New Guinea island of Manam has erupted violently claiming the life of one man and leaving several injured.

It is the latest in a series of eruptions that began in October and led to the evacuation of most of the population in December.

The local MP, Cabinet Minister Sir Peter Barter, says it is the most violent eruption of the mountain he has witnessed in 30 years.

"it rocked the whole island and sent rocks over the whole island as well. Rocks, some as big as footballs falling onto houses and catching them on fire. It was quite devastating."

Sir Peter Barter says a barge is expected to make two trips today to remove the remaining inhabitants.