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Gaua volcano (Vanuatu), activity update: increased ash emission, government planning to evacuate 3000 people

Wed, 21 Apr 2010, 14:11
14:11 PM |
The eruption of Gaua volcano (located in the far north end of the archipel of Vanuatu) is increasing and the situation is worsening for the inhabitants of the island, news articles report. As plumes reach 10,000 ft (3000m) elevation and the fresh ash contaminates water and food supplies on the island, promting authorities to prepare for an evacuation of about 3000 people from the island if the situation continues or gets worse.

Previous news

Wed, 14 Apr 2010, 06:00

Gaua volcano (Banks Islands, Vanuatu) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 14 April-20 April 2010 (New Activity / Unrest)

Based on analysis of MODIS satellite imagery and information from the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory, the Wellington VAAC reported ash plumes from Gaua during 13-16 and 19-21 April. The plumes regularly rose to altitudes of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. The advisories on 14-15 April noted that the plumes were mostly steam. ... Read all
Wed, 7 Apr 2010, 06:00

Gaua volcano (Banks Islands, Vanuatu) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 7 April-13 April 2010 (New Activity / Unrest)

On 7 April, the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory reported that recent field observations of Gaua confirmed significant changes in activity. Gas plumes were detected daily by satellite images. During the end of March through the beginning of April, ash plumes rose daily to altitudes of 2.1-3 km (7,000-10,000 ft) a.s.l. ... Read all
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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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