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Gaua volcano (Vanuatu): strong eruption this morning, precautions ordered

Mi, 4. Mai 2022, 03:59
03:59 AM | VON: MARTIN
Local observers in Naveto village watching the eruption from Gaua volcano this morning (image: VMGD)
Local observers in Naveto village watching the eruption from Gaua volcano this morning (image: VMGD)
A strong explosion took place at the volcano starting around 09:00 local time this morning.
A dark grey ash-rich column rose to estimated 6,000 ft (1,800 m) height and drifted SW. The eruption was heard by local witnesses in Naveto village of North-East Gaua.
The current activity of the volcano characterized by continuing gas and vapor emissions.
Therefore, the volcano observatory Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) raised the level of the major unrest status. The latest calculations of the activity are likely to continue at the remaining Level 2 or will increase to Level 3.
The current hazards are set up around the volcanic edifice. People and tourism agencies are advised to avoid the published danger zone due to the high risk of dissolved volcanic gases and/or ash emissions that may be harmful to health and vegetation.
Gaua is one of the most remote and most active volcanoes of the Vanuatu archipelago, located on the island with the same name in the West Banks island group at the northern end of the archipelago. The roughly 20-km-diameter Gaua Island, also known as Santa Maria, consists of a basaltic-to-andesitic stratovolcano with an 6 x 9 km wide summit caldera.

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Do, 27. Aug 2020, 15:43

Gaua volcano (Vanuatu): gas emissions continue

Satellite image of Gaua volcano on 27 Aug 2020
Since the last update, Gaua volcano continues to show volcanic unrest and remains at Volcanic Alert Level 2. Volcanic hazards include volcanic gases remain on the Gaua volcanic cone where the 'danger zone'is located according to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department. ... Read all
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Gaua Vulkan
Schichtvulkan 797 m / 2,615 ft
Vanuatu, -14.27°S / 167.5°E
Aktueller Status: unruhig (2 von 5) Ausbrüche des Gaua:
July 1962, 1963, Sep 1965, 1966, Jul 1967, 1968, Sep 1969, May 1971, Oct 1973 - Jan 1974, Jan 1976, April 1977, 1980, July 1981, April 1982, Sep 2009 - ongoing
Typische Aktivität
explosive, ash eruptions
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