VOLCANO EXPERT: NO PEEPING INSIDE MOUNT TAVURVUR

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RABAUL, Papua New Guinea (June 14, 2000 – Post-Courier)---Sightseers are being warned against climbing active volcano Mount Tavurvur in East New Britain.

Chief government vulcanologist in Rabaul Steve Saunders said the observatory was concerned at reports that people, including tourists, had been scaling the sides of the volcano to peep inside the crater.

He said a law had previously been enacted against people doing this.

People ignoring the warning about current eruptive activities risked being killed.

He said the current activity, the first in almost 12 months, was strong enough to warrant caution.

He had seen the volcano hurl out stones during last week.

Mr. Saunders said people had become used to the volcano, unlike in 1994, and seemed to want to get closer to see for themselves.

Tourists visiting Rabaul should be warned, he said.

Local people looking for wildfowl eggs also should not try to get close to the crater.

The volcano was still unpredictable and could erupt without warning, Mr. Saunders said.

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