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Shield volcano 1496 m / 4,908 ft
Vanuatu, -15.4°S / 167.83°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Aoba volcano (Vanuatu): activity update

Thu, 27 Aug 2020, 16:12
16:12 PM | BY: MATTHEW
Aoba caldera safety map (C) Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department
Aoba caldera safety map (C) Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department
Since the last update, Aoba (Ambae) volcano continues to show low levels of unrest. However, volcanic hazards remain at the summit area and creeks (e.g. remobilization of remaining ash from 2017 and 2018 eruption). The danger zone at the summit remains limited in the Danger Zone A (See safety map). This danger zone (Danger Zone A) has a 2 km radius from the 2017-2018 active vents. An additional danger zone is within areas of flowing creeks during heavy rain.

There is no obvious emission of volcanic ash or gas from the eruptive vent(s) of Lake Voui (like it was in 2017-18). The volcanic ash that fell on Aoba during the 2017 and 2018 eruption will continue to influence the behaviour of streams and creeks when it rains. The creeks and streams can produce floods and carry debris (sands, gravel and boulders). The flow path of streams and creeks could change due to the flood debris. Landslide may also occur at some areas during heavy rain fall.

The Volcanic Alert Level (VAL) for Aoba has been at Level 1 since 23rd September 2019. A reminder that a volcanic eruption on Aoba could occur at any level of unrest and with little warning. Aoba volcano is a very large volcano and is frequently active.
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Links / Sources:
  • https://www.vmgd.gov.vu/vmgd/index.php/geohazards/volcano/alert-bulletin
Previous news
Thu, 1 Nov 2018, 23:49
There have been no reports of further eruptive activity following the strong and apparently isolated explosion on Tuesday. Activity could yet again resume at any moment- the volcano has been in a state of high activity for over a year. ... read all
Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 11:19
The eruption has resumed after a two-month pause. A brief but powerful explosion has sent ash to 35,000ft this morning (afternoon local time). No one is on the island- it remains completely evacuated. ... read all
 

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