New video following the eruption of Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea on Aug. 29 shows the devastating force of a volcanic blast.
The eruption sent lava spewing hundreds of feet in the air and a plume of ash billowing tens of thousands of feet into the sky. Subsequent explosions at the volcano continued for several days.
On Sept. 2 Linda and Philip McNamara, a couple from Queensland, Australia, were on a boat near the volcano when they captured amazing video of an explosion. In the clip, a sonic boom can be seen blasting through the clouds.
According to the NASA Earth Observatory, eruptions have occurred at Mount Tavurvur every few years, with the last one creating a tower of ash that reached 18,000 metres.
In 1994, Tavurvur erupted at the same time as Mount Vulcan – another nearby volcano – destroying the nearly two thirds of the city of Rabaul.