PHOTOS: Mount Tavurvur Is Spewing Lava In Papua New Guinea

Mount Tavurvur volcano in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, erupted overnight, shooting lava into the air along with billowing smoke.

It is the first time in 20 years the volcano has erupted.

PNGLoop reports some residents are considering evacuating the area, however the PNG authorities are yet to make a official announcement on whether the eruption poses a threat.

The last time Mt Tavurvur erupted in 1994, five people were killed, the airport was destroyed and most of the town was covered with heavy ashfall.

Photos of the dramatic scene has been posted to Twitter.