Manaro Volcano Alert on level 4

The Volcanic activity at Ambae is continuing to increase and theThe Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) has raised the Alert Level for Ambae volcano from Level 3 to Level 4 .

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) say, “Ambae volcano is in a moderate eruption state.

At this Alert Level, the volcanic activity is likely to continue to increase or decrease to its normal level of unrest at any time. Danger is in the Red, Grey, Orange and White dotted Zones (See map below).

With this situation, flying rocks and volcanic gas will affect the Red Zone which is about 6.5 km radius from Manaro Voui .

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) warnings also say “villages located in the Grey and Orange Zones will expect unusual volcanic hazards and ash falls can be expected around the island especially in villages exposed to prevailing trade winds direction, White Zone dotted.”

Acid rain may also be expected in that zone. Acid rain cause foliage fumigation hence damage garden crops.

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) say “It is very important that authorities, communities, villages, visitors and travel agencies seriously consider this information.”

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department will continue to closely monitor this volcano activity. More information will be provided as soon as necessary.

The Manaro Volcano eruption activities increased in the early hours of Saturday the 23of September 2017.

Residents around the western part of Ambae made frantic calls to Port Vila as they were awakened by deafening explosion and came out to witness the huge blazing fumes.

Reports received from Pentecost Island say there was red fire on top of Ambae throughout the early hours till sunrise.

Images taken by the MIPU Minister Napat early hours of Saturday the 23rd of September also show spew and ash rising from Manaro.