Ambrym volcano

Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano remains at level 2

The Volcanic Alert Level remains at level 2.

New scientific analyses suggest that the volcanic activity is likely to continue at this level.

VMGD stated that open cracks in the South-East Ambrym area during the December eruption 2018 may continue to open due to erosion. Major seismicity could continue to affect these cracks and weak layers or areas around the active craters.

Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano alert remains at level 2

The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level2.

VMGD confirmed that new scientific analysis suggests that the volcano activity is likely to continue at this level.

The Danger Zones at the caldera remain at 1 km around Benbow and 2 km around the Marum crater.

VMGD says open cracks in the South-East Ambrym area during the December eruption 2018 may continue to open due to erosion.

Major seismicity could continue to affect these cracks and weak layers or areas around the active craters.

Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano lowered to level 2

The department said current volcanic activity is consistent with the Volcanic Alert Level 2.

This declined activity and the presence of active faults in the South-Eastern part of Ambrym have contributed to the change of current danger zones of Ambrym volcano.

Latest satellite imagery and observations in the field from 3 to 9 February 2019 confirm the presence of open cracks and active faults in Paamal village and its vicinity and the uplift at the coastal area of South-East Ambrym.

According to the department, these fractures are oriented in the WSW-ENE direction.

Minor eruptions continue at Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano

According to the latest situational report from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3.

The Danger Zone for life safety remains at the Danger Zone B which is about 2 km around Benbow and 4 km around Marum craters (including Maben-Mbwelesu, Niri-Mbwelesu and Mbwelesu)

The additional area of risk is within 3 km from major cracks in the South East of Ambrym **.

Disaster assessment team on its way to Vanuatu’s Ambrym

Confirmed reports from the Malampa headquarters stated that the team divided into two groups with one group conducting assessment from Konon village and another from Ranvetlam village both moving towards Magam village in North Ambrym.

The assessment is based on areas that need checking on the ground including food and water security, shelter and infrastructures, communication, health facilities, general health of people and environment on the island.

Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano in minor eruption state

The volcanic eruption is happening in the caldera area.

VMGD Observations and seismic data analysis on 15 December 2018 have confirmed an intra-caldera flank eruption near Marum crater.

The activity consists of ongoing lava flows and lava fountains with ash and gas emissions.

VMGD stated that people from Ambrym and neighbouring islands may view volcanic ash and/or gas plumes and hear volcanic explosions. This is a small-scale eruption

VMGD says the Alert Level for Ambrym volcano has been at the Level 2 since 7 December 2017.

Volcanic Alert Level at Ambrym remains at 2

New scientific analyses suggest that there is no imminent risk of increasing activity and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

The volcanic activity is likely to continue in this state.

Danger is restricted to visitors approaching the active craters.

The restricted area of risk is limited in the Permanent Exclusion Zone at Benbow which is about 1 km around Benbow crater and the Danger Zone A at Marum (including Maben-Mbwelesu, Niri-Mbwelesu and Mbwelesu) which is about 2.7 km around Marum crater.