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Volcanism on Vanuatu

Map and location of Vanuatu
Thursday, Aug 27, 2020
Yasur caldera safety map (C) Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department
New observations from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) suggest that the volcanic activity at Yasur emits plumes of volcanic gases and/or ash. The danger zone remains at 600 meter around the volcanic cone. (See Yasur caldera safety map). The Yasur Volcanic Alert Level (VAL) has been at the Level 2 since 18th October 2016. ... read all
Thursday, Aug 27, 2020
The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) report that activity at Lopevi volcano is continuing to show high levels of unrest. With the current state, the volcanic activity is likely to increase at any time but it could also remain at the same level for a long time. The volcano activity consists of continuous emission of steam plume. The Lopevi Volcanic Alert Level (VAL) has been at Level 2 since 23 September 2017. ... read all

Photos from Vanuatu

 

Active Volcanoes of Vanuatu

Ambrym | Aneityum | Aoba | East Tanna Volcano | Emae | Epi | Fatmalapa | Gaua | Kuwae | Lopevi | Melkum | Mere Lava | Merig | Mota | Motlav | North Vate | Paama Island | Pumpan | Suretamatai | Traitor's Head | Unnamed | Unnamed 16.992°S/168.592°E | Ureparapara | William | Yasur
The Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific is not only one of the most unspoilt and intact places of the earth, but also hosts some of the most spectacular volcanoes.
The Vanuatu archipelago contains many active volcanoes including Ambae, Ambrym, Lopevi, and Yasur, the Stromboli counterpart of the Mediterranean. Vanuatu's island arc is the result of a north-south subduction zone streching from the Matthew and Hunter islands in the south to Tinakula volcano in the Solomon Islands in the north.
Its friendly inhabitants are strongly rooted in their extotic traditional culture and welcome visitors warmheartedly as almost nowhere else. Vanutatu's tropical islands are not only the perfect location for a relaxing tropical holiday, but also offer the possibility for adventurous expeditions to some of the most active and spectacular volcanoes of the world, including the frequently active lava lakes of Ambrym and the famous, constantly erupting volcano Yasur on the Island of Tanna.
Ambrym
(shield volcano)
The crater of Benbow (Ambrym)
Ambrym is a large basaltic volcano with a 12-km-wide caldera. It is not only one of the most active volcanoes of Vanuatu, but in the world. Its most active craters often contain small lava lakes. [more]
Aneityum
(Stratovolcanoes)
[more]
Aoba
(Shield volcano)
Aoba, also known as Ambae, is a massive 2500 cu km basaltic shield volcano that is the most voluminous volcano of the New Hebrides archipelago. [more]
East Tanna Volcano
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
Emae
(Complex)
[more]
Epi
(Stratovolcanoes)
[more]
Fatmalapa
(Stratovolcano(es))
[more]
Gaua
(stratovolcano)
Gaua is one of the most remote and most active volcanoes of the Vanuatu archipel. Its most recent eruption started in Sep 2009 from Mt Garet inside the caldera lake and is ongoing (as of April 2010). [more]
Kuwae
(Caldera)
[more]
Lopevi
(stratovolcano)
Lopevi is one of Vanuatu's most active volcanoes. It forms a steep cone rising to more than 1400 m from the sea and often has eruptions from the summit crater or flank vents. The island was evacuated following major eruptions in 1939 and 1960. [more]
Melkum
(Stratovolcano(es))
[more]
Mere Lava
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
Merig
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
Mota
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
Motlav
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
North Vate
(Stratovolcanoes)
[more]
Paama Island
(Complex)
[more]
Pumpan
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
Suretamatai
(Complex volcano)
[more]
Traitor's Head
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
Unnamed
(Submarine)
[more]
Unnamed 16.992°S/168.592°E
(Stratovolcanoes)
[more]
Ureparapara
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
William
(Stratovolcano)
[more]
Yasur
(stratovolcano)
Strombolian activity at Yasur volcano
Yasur is the most well known volcanoes of Vanuatu and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Yasur is known for its spectacular persistent strombolian activity that consists of regular small to violent explosions from one or several vents. [more]

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