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13 Dec 2018 description

Camera and transmission equipment have been installed on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu providing real time images of the currently active volcanic activity on the nearby island of Ambae.

The equipment, installed this month by a team from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD), will relay live images to their headquarters in Port Vila, allowing them to monitor and track daily any major activities on Ambae.

10 Dec 2018 description
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On 18th March 2018 the Manaro volcano on the island of Ambae erupted and for the second time in six months triggered a state of emergency and mass evacuations of the population. The heavy outpourings of ash and gas has resulted in hazards of acid rain, flash floods, loss of food and water sources, and damage to infrastructure and human health. Large portions of the island were significantly impacted, all education institutions and key government services were closed and staff and students evacuated to other islands.

30 Nov 2018 description

This map illustrates the potential zones with a decrease of the photosynthetic activity due mainly to ash deposit all over the Ambae island. This environmental disturbance on the photosynthetic activity is identified by the difference mean values of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) percent difference from average conditions.

29 Nov 2018 description

The Vanuatu Council of Ministers has warned Ambaeans to stay away from their island because volcanic activity is making it unsafe.

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29 Nov 2018 description

Executive Summary

The Ambae volcano, Manaro Voui had been dormant prior to 2017 before it went into volcanic activity in September 2017. The most recent awakening of Manaro Voui is the fourth different phase of volcanic activity between September 2017 and July 2018.

26 Nov 2018 description

Displaced Ambaeans are still waiting to find out from the government whether they will be able to return to their Vanuatu island from today.

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23 Nov 2018 description

Situation Overview

  • The Ambae Volcano activity remains at level 2. VMGD released Volcano Alert Bulletin No.10 on 14 November, noting that imminent eruption could occur at any time and that current activity consists of ongoing steam and gas emissions.

The bulletin is available at: https://www.vmgd.gov.vu/vmgd/index.php/geohazards/volcano/volcano-info/currentvolcanic-activity

20 Nov 2018 description

The Vanuatu government is to build permanent homes for displaced Ambaeans living on Maewo.

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19 Nov 2018 description

The Acting Mayor of Vanuatu's Port Vila Eric Festa has donated 50 bags of rice to feed an increasing number of people in the capital evacuated from Ambae.

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15 Nov 2018 description


15°24’0”S 167°50’0”E Summit 4908ft (1496m)

Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 2

Ambae volcano is continuing in the level of major unrest state. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

14 Nov 2018 description

The charity Oxfam says it's concerned about people displaced from Vanuatu's Ambae, who are living in temporary structures on neighbouring islands during the cyclone season.

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14 Nov 2018 description

Oxfam in Vanuatu has launched a programme to provide displaced Ambaeans with cash to buy food, hygiene supplies and pay school fees for the next three months.

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12 Nov 2018 description

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office says it is unclear whether Ambae evacuees will be permitted to return to the island this month as planned.

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02 Nov 2018 description

The emergency effort to introduce large scale vegetable farming on Maewo Island in Vanuatu has been deemed successful.

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24 Oct 2018 description

While the displaced people of Ambae in Vanuatu anticipate returning to their home island at the end of the state of emergency next month, aid is still coming in from other ni-Vanutu people who want to help.

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22 Oct 2018 description

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund has released $US792,000 to the victims of the Ambae volcano disaster.

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