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shield volcano 1334 m (4,377 ft)
Vanuatu, -16.25°S / 168.12°E
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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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Ambrym volcano (Vanuatu): increased activity, alert level raised

Friday Sep 01, 2017 08:03 AM | BY: T

Map of Ambrym's exlusion zones around Benbow and Ambrym (image: Geo-Hazards)
Map of Ambrym's exlusion zones around Benbow and Ambrym (image: Geo-Hazards)
Satellite image of Ambrym from 17 Aug 2017 (image: Sentinel / ESA)
Satellite image of Ambrym from 17 Aug 2017 (image: Sentinel / ESA)
According to Vanuatu's volcano monitoring agency Geohazards, the "volcanic activity at Ambrym is showing drastic changes." The alert level for Benbow and Ambrym volcanoes was raised from 2 to 3 (on a scale of 1-5).
What exactly the nature of the reported increased activity is was not specified in the report, unfortunately. Likely, it consists of a combination of increased detected seismic activity, degassing and high levels of lava lake activity which all could be precursors of potentially dangerous explosions from the active craters, in particular at Benbow and Marum (but also including the smaller vents of Maben-Mbwelesu, Niri-Mbwelesu and Mbwelesu).

An exclusion zone of 2 km radius around Benbow and 3 km around Marum was declared (danger zones A and B, see map), for visitors to "avoid volcanic projectiles, gases, ashes and any other volcano activity related incidents.
Volcanic gas and ashes can also affect villages that are exposed to trade winds." (Geo-Hazards)
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Previous news
Lava lake in Benbow crater (Ambrym, Vanuatu) in mid July 2017 (photo: Yashmin Chebli / VolcanoDiscovery)
Monday, Jul 24, 2017
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: ... [more]
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]

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