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Ambrym volcano (Vanuatu): increased activity, alert level raised

Friday Sep 01, 2017 08:03 AM | DOOR: 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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Koppelingen / Bronnen:
  • VANUATU VOLCANO ALERT BULLETIN N°8 - AMBRYM ACTIVITY Wednesday August 30th 2017 (Vanuatu Geo-Hazards)
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