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Couple Captures Volcanic Eruption (and subsequent shockwave) in Action

Jolene CreightonSeptember 7th 2014

An Australian couple recently captured footage of an amazing volcanic eruption. In August of this year, Mount Tavurvur began erupting in Papua New Guinea. Two tourists, Linda and Phil McNamara, heard about the activity and got in a boat to take a closer look. As the couple was passing the volcano, a huge plume erupted from the top. There is a quiet warning from Phil, as he notes that the shockwave is on its way, a few moments of highly charged silence, and then a loud blast as the shockwave barrels over the couple. The video has to be seen to be believed:

WATCH: Couple Captures Volcanic Eruption

Papua New Guinea’s Tavurvur volcano began spewing its deadly concoction of smoke and ash on August 29, 2014, sending a plume of ash some 60,000 feet into the air. Individuals located in nearby towns and villages were immediately evacuated. Those farther out were advised to remain indoors by Australia’s Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in order to avoid contact with toxic ash. A host of flights were also disrupted. Fortunately, there have been no reported deaths or injuries as a result of this eruption. Indeed, the events that unfolded gave locals an amazing view of the great power housed within our planet.

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