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Gaua volcano (Banks Islands, Vanuatu) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 5 May-11 May 2010 (Continuing Activity)

Wed, 5 May 2010, 06:00
06:00 AM | BY: VN
On 11 May the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory reported that field observations of Gaua revealed continued activity during April through the beginning of May. Significant emissions of gas and ash caused damage to vegetation around the crater and in areas on the NW, W, and SW parts of the island, the dominant wind directions. Lahars on the W part of the island were seen in April.
Seismic data revealed that tremors had become more frequent since the beginning of the year. The Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level (VVAL) remained at 2 (on a scale of 0-4).

Source: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD)
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From: Global Volcanism Program, 2010. Report on Gaua. In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 5 May-11 May 2010. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

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Gaua volcano
stratovolcano 797 m / 2,615 ft
Vanuatu, -14.27°S / 167.5°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5) Gaua volcano eruptions:
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
Typical eruption style
explosive, ash eruptions
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