On this day: Mount Lamington Erupts

On the 18th of January, 1951 Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia, began to erupt.

A jeep stuck up a tree. From the collection of the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

On the 18th of January, 1951 Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia, began to erupt.

The worst of the devastation came three days later when a violent blast led to the deaths of some 3000 people, and left more than 5000 homeless.

The following year Australian vulcanologist Tony Taylor was awarded the George Cross for his work during the disaster.

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