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Geohazards dept: Lopevi volcano unrest continues

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Volcanic unrest continues at Lopevi, says the new report by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department. The Alert Level remains at Level 2.

The current volcanic unrest at Lopevi is continuing in a steady state and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2. The volcanic unrest is likely to continue and there is a chance some eruptions may follow. Danger is restricted to visitors on the island.

The small 7-km-wide conical island of Lopevi (Vanei Vollohulu) continues to show signs of volcanic unrest. Observation flights on 30th September, 1st, 3rd and 6th October 2017 show that the activity at the volcano is only occurring in the active craters below the summit crater. Photographs and thermal infrared images taken during observation flights confirm the activity consists of hot volcanic gas and steam. No eruptions are currently occurring.

In the past volcanic unrest at Lopevi has led to small or short-lived eruptions. There is a chance some eruptions may follow the actual unrest.

The last eruption at Lopevi was on 13 January 2017. This was a short-lived steam and gas eruption. The Volcanic Alert Level (VAL) was raised to Level 3 at the time of the eruption, and lowered to Level 2 on 17 January. It was further lowered to Level 1 on 20 February.