A volcano in Papua New Guinea has rumbled back to life, sending plumes of ash into the sky and forcing flights to be suspended.

Locals living near Mount Tavurvur, in East New Britain, knew something was up when they heard the volcano roar last Saturday night.

Daybreak revealed large plumes of white ash rising 500 metres into the sky.

Local resident Susie McGrade says it is pretty minor compared to the massive eruptions seen in 1994, 2006 and 2008.

"I can imagine for those people on the wrong side of it it wouldn't be too comfortable because the ash is falling," she said.

Flights to the area have been suspended indefinitely.

Local volcanologists says they expect the renewed activity to be short-lived.

 

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