Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano remains at level 2

The Vanuatu Meteorological & Geohazards Department (VMGD) says the Ambrym volcano is continuing in the major unrest state.

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.

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

People from Ambrym and neighboring islands may no longer see the volcanic glow at night for the next few weeks/months.

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

The VMGD says it will continue to closely monitor activities at the volcano.


Photo supplied Caption: Ambrym volcano


Tensly Sumbe