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Mass Evacuation Planned in Vanuatu as Ambae Volcano Eruption Intensifies

Posted by feww on September 23, 2017

Alert Level for Ambae volcano is raised from Level 3 to Level 4 [0-5 scale]

Authorities in Vanuatu were preparing to evacuate up to 5,000 people on Saturday, as eruption on the 400sqkm Ambae island [Manaro Voui] continued to intensify.

“Volcanic activity at Ambae is continuing to increase. The Alert Level for Ambae volcano is raised from Level 3 to Level 4, or moderate eruption state,” said  Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (GMVD).

“In the early hours, around 3-4am [on Saturday,] we noticed that the activity started to increase, followed by another eruptive phase… So the ash plume from Ambae is still there now. The ash fall is expected all around the island,” said the manager of the Geohazards Department at GVMD.

“The increased level of activity means increased area of risk. There’s more risk to people exposed on the island.”

The increased activity follows a 6.4 magnitude quake that struck 85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu, on September 20. [FEWW Ref: JQHM]

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Meanwhile, the Alert Level for Ambrym volcano remains at the Level 3 [since September 15.]

AMBRYM VOLCANO – 16°15’00”S, 168°07’00”E Summit Elevation 4377ft (1334m) Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 3 Source: GVMD [Copyright]

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