VMGD raises Ambae Volcanic Alert Level from 2 to 3

Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department raises the Ambae Volcanic Alert Level from 2 to 3 this evening.

According VMGD ‘AMBAE VOLCANO ALERT BULLETIN No9’ issued by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) on 6th September 2017 at 7:33PM, Ambae volcano show signs of a minor eruption state and at this Alert Level, the volcanic activity is likely to continue to increase or decrease to its normal level of unrest at any time.

Manaro Voui (Ambae) – Minor Eruption

The area of risk is within 3 km around the volcano and areas that expose to trade winds and VMGD advises villages and communities of Ambae Island, especially those in the prevailing trade winds direction will expect volcanic gas, ash falls and acid rain that may cause foliage fumigation hence damage garden crops.

Ambae volcanic hazard map

The VMGD page states, “It is very important that communities, villages, visitors and travel agencies seriously consider this information.”

“The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department will continue to closely monitor this volcano activity. More information will be provided as soon as necessary.”

Manaro Voui activity, 4th June 2010 (Photo: VMGD)

Ambae, is a massive 2500 cu basaltic and the most voluminous active shield volcano of the Vanuatu arc.

Its summit area shows two concentric calderas, the largest of which is 6 km in diameter and the smallest including three Lakes (Manaro-Ngoru, Manaro-Lakwa and Manaro-Voui).

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