A shocked tourist managed to capture amazing footage of an erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea, as it spewed ash thousands of feet into the sky on Aug. 29.
Phil McNamara and his wife were vacationing near Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea when the couple heard the volcano was about to explode. In a spur of the moment decision, the couple decided to jump on a hotel boat and take a closer look at the volcano.
“I thought I might as well try and capture something you rarely get to see,” Mr. McNamara said.
The couple was unprepared for what actually happened – a strong blast that rippled across the earth and sky, including a roar that hit the boat.
Mr. McNamara admitted that he and the other tourists “absolutely crapped themselves” when the boom hit, though this particular eruption was small in comparison with the volcano’s history.
Since uploading the video on Facebook, it has been shared some 30,000 times. On YouTube, it has been viewed over 7 million times.
Mount Tavurvur is one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in Papua New Guinea, reaching 60,000 feet above sea level. It has destroyed townships in the past, and local communities are often evacuated before it explodes. In addition, international flights are sometimes rerouted.