Tavurvur is an active
stratovolcano near Rabaul in East New
Britain province, Papua New Guinea. It is a sub-vent of the Rabaul caldera and lies on the eastern rim of the larger
The volcano is most well known for its devastating
eruptions over Rabaul.
The volcano is the most active feature of the Rabaul caldera, and
has erupted as recently as January 2009.
Tavurvur, along with another nearby sub-vent Vulcan, erupted
killing 507 people and causing enormous damage to the Rabaul
township. Then in 1994, in conjunction with Vulcan
again, the eruptions of Tavurvur forced the abandonment of most of
Rabaul and the relocation of the provincial government to a new
On the 7th of October 2006 the volcano erupted again, and an
initial blast shattered windows up to 12 kilometres away and
sent an ash plume 18 km into the stratosphere. Fortunately
this time winds blew most of the ash away from Rabaul.
image:NASA_RabaulVolcano_PIA01767.jpg|Space Radar Image of Rabaul
VolcanoImage:Tavurvur.png|Tavurvur from spaceimage:Tavurvur volcano