When Papua New Guinea's Mount Tavurvur erupted in late August, island inhabitants said the volcano emitted steam and "occasionally boomed."
But if a new YouTube video of the eruption is any indication, those "occasional booms" are a completely different experience from close range. Australian taxi driver Phil McNamara captured the minute-long video above while he was on vacation near the volcano last week and decided to take a closer look.
"It was a spur of the moment thing to head out and film the volcano," McNamara told The Brisbane Times. "I thought I might as well try and capture something you rarely get to see."
Something you rarely get to see is right -- McNamara captured the exact moment a plume of hot ash exploded from the top of the mountain. A visible shockwave races across the water toward his boat and through the sky above, appearing as a cloud racing through the atmosphere. An unidentified bystander yells, "Holy smokin' toledos!" as the shockwave hits the camera.
The area surrounding Tavurvur has a long record of volcanic activity, reports NASA's Earth Observatory, which classified this eruption as "modest" by historical standards. The column of ash and gas ultimately reached a height of 60,000 feet, covering much of the island.
WATCH the incredible footage, above.