Another volcano showing signs of elevated unrest

One of the summit crater lakes of the Ambae Volcano, Lake Vui (Voui, where the National Geo-Hazards Observatory has indicated seismic activity increased.

Photo: Fremden Yanhambath (2016)

Villages in the north and west Ambae will likely be receiving volcanic gas, ash falls and acid rain that may cause foliage fumigation hence damage to garden crops as the island’s volcano is showing signs of elevated unrest.

Ambae volcano was raised to level 3 alert starting Wednesday this week.

Approaching the volcano is not considered safe as the risk of an eruption has increased. The volcano is experiencing minor eruption.

Volcanic activity there will continue to increase, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) warned visitors and villages. “At this alert level, the volcano is likely to continue to increase or decrease to its normal level of unrest at any time. “The area of risk is within 3km around the volcano and areas exposed to trade winds,” VMGD has advised.

VMGD, the only sole government department dealing with volcanoes will continue to monitor the volcano and provide information to communities.

The Ambrym volcanoes are also in minor eruption stage with the other active volcanoes on Gaua, Tanna, Vanua Lava and Lopevi remaining unrest..

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