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Ambae volcano settled in a stable state

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Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department yesterday, October 2, issued new update on Ambae volcano.

According to the report, the volcano seems to have settled in a more stable state of activity.

Photographs and thermal infrared images taken during observation flights on Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1, show that activity at the volcano is firmly restricted to the crater area.

The activity consists of explosions and ejection of hot rocks similar to that at Yasur on Tanna.

Small lava flows were also observed near the small craters, and into the lake. Because the activity is more settled and focused in the summit area, the possibility of large eruption affecting the whole island is now looking less likely.

Scientists from VMGD will keep monitoring closely the activity, both remotely from Port Vila, thanks to a network of instruments on Ambae, and on the island as needed.