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Government raises Ambrym volcano alert level

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Volcanic activity at Ambrym volcano is showing drastic changes, reports Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department.

The Ambrym Volcanic Alert Level is raised from Level 2 to Level 3.

At this Alert Level, the volcanic activity is likely to increase to a minor eruptive activity or decrease to a simple level of unrest at any time from any of the active craters of Benbow and Marum (including Maben-Mbwelesu, Niri-Mbwelesu and Mbwelesu). The area of risk remains in the caldera. Danger Zone A and B at Ambrym volcano are closed.

“A strong recommendation to all visitors to observe this volcano away from the Danger Zone A and B, which is about 2 km radius from Benbow and about 3 km radius from Marum 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,” reports Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department.

It’s very important that communities, villages, visitors and travel agencies seriously consider this information, highlighted Vanuatu officials.