Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano alert remains at level 2

Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo Hazards Department (VMGD) says the Ambrym volcano is continuing in the major unrest state.

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.

Current observations and analysis of seismic data recorded from the monitoring station confirm an ongoing seismic activity at the vicinity of the volcano with emissions of steam.

VMGD stated that lava lakes that used to appear in Benbow and Marum craters have disappeared since 16 December, 2018.

Residents from Ambrym and neighbouring islands may no longer see the volcanic glow at night for the next few weeks or months.

The Alert Level for Ambrym has been at the Level 2 since 14 February, 2019.

The volcano has been active during historical time at both summit and flank vents, producing moderate explosive eruptions and lava flows that have reached the coast.

VMGD stated that following the seismic activity in December 2018, weak layers or areas of these danger zones can collapse any time.


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