Geohazards update on Ambae volcano

A photo of the Ambae volcano over the weekend. Photo: VMGD

New observations and data analysis by scientists from the Geohazards division of the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazard Department (VMGD) suggests that the volcano seems to have settled in a more stable state of activity.

According to the the VMGD, photographs and thermal infrared images taken during observation flights on Saturday, 30the of September and Sunday, October 1, 2017 show that the activity at the volcano is firmly restricted to the crater area.

The activity consists of explosions and ejection of hot rocks similar to that at Yasur on Tanna.

Small lava flows were also observed near the small craters, and into the lake. Because the activity is more settled and focused in the summit area, the possibility of a large eruption affecting the whole island is now looking less likely. Scientists from VMGD will keep monitoring closely the activity, both remotely from Port Vila, thanks to a network of instruments on Ambae, and on the island as needed.

The VMGD will continue to provide updates to the public and government as the situation evolves.

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