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PAPUA NEW GUINEA —  New video uploaded to Facebook shows a volcano erupting in Papua New Guinea spurting ash tens of thousands of feet into the sky.

The eruption of Mount Tavurvur on the island of New Britain began early Aug. 29, said Craig Earl-Spurr, a meteorologist at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Australia.

The volcano spewed a thick tower of ash that reached as high as 60,000 feet above sea level.

Dramatic photos posted on social media showed Tavurvur belching fire and ash from across a bay. The volcano is situated only a few kilometers from the township of Rabaul.

Linda McNamara posted a video of the moment the volcano erupted from her vantage point on a boat.

The eruption created a massive explosion and shockwave that can be seen moving across land and through the air.

In 1994, Tavurvur erupted at the same time as nearby Mount Vulcan, destroying Rabaul.

CNN contributed to this report.