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shield volcano 1334 m (4,377 ft)
Vanuatu, -16.25°S / 168.12°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5)
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Ambrym volcano eruptions:
1774, 1820(?), 1863, 1870(?), 1871, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1888, 1894, 1898, 1908, 1909(?), 1910, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1929, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977 (2x), 1979 (2x), 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009 -ongoing
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Effusive, formation of lava lakes
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Ambrym volcano (Vanuatu): continuing lava lake activity, but lava lakes now 30-50% smaller

Monday Jul 24, 2017 06:37 AM | BY: T

Lava lake in Benbow crater (Ambrym, Vanuatu) in mid July 2017 (photo: Yashmin Chebli / VolcanoDiscovery)
Lava lake in Benbow crater (Ambrym, Vanuatu) in mid July 2017 (photo: Yashmin Chebli / VolcanoDiscovery)
Lava lake in Marum crater (Ambrym, Vanuatu) in mid July 2017 (photo: Yashmin Chebli / VolcanoDiscovery)
Lava lake in Marum crater (Ambrym, Vanuatu) in mid July 2017 (photo: Yashmin Chebli / VolcanoDiscovery)
During our most recent Vanuatu volcano expedition, a small group stayed 4 days and nights in the Ambrym caldera. Expedition leader volcanologist Yashmin Chebli reported:
"... I confirm the presence of a permanent and continuous activity of both lava lakes inside the Benbow and Marum craters.
"The lava lakes levels are relatively low, about 5m less compared with the previous year in 2016. The surface of both lava lakes is also more reduced about 30% for Benbow and 50% for Marum.
"However there is an intense activity of degassing with a strong bubbling of both lava lakes. This decrease of the lava lake level could well correspond to a magma escape through an intrusive body like in a crustal storage system, so causing a decrease of the lava level in the main conduct, or also it could be the result of an important loss of gas bound to the strong degassing.

"The decreasing of lava lake levels could be well in correlation with the seismic events on March 28th, 2017 ; In particular we can note some collapses of the internal wall of the Benbow crater."
Previous news
Friday, Jun 09, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Wellington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Ambrym volcano on  9 Jun 2017
Friday, Jun 09, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Wellington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Ambrym volcano on 21 May 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Wellington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Ambrym volcano on  3 Apr 2017
Monday, Apr 03, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Wellington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Ambrym volcano on  2 Apr 2017
Sunday, Apr 02, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Wellington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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