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18 Dec 2018 description

A volcanic eruption on Vanuatu's Ambrym Island has sparked a series of minor earthquakes that have opened cracks around the island.

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18 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

With 1 in 5 children in the remote Pacific island nation not fully immunized, UNICEF partners with the Government on first-ever commercial contract to deliver vaccines by drone

NEW YORK, 18 December 2018 –One month old Joy Nowai, today became the world's first child to be given a vaccine delivered commercially by drone in a remote island in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu.

17 Dec 2018 description

The designer of a new Oxfam aid programme for Vanuatu's Ambae Islanders says overwhelmingly the recipients have been "really relieved" by the assistance.

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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
report ACT Alliance


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.

06 Dec 2018 description

Schools and houses on Vanuatu's southernmost island of Aneityum were damaged when a tsunami hit after yesterday's 7.5 earthquake off New Caledonia.

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05 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

5 December 2018, Port Vila: In Vanuatu today, the Minister of Health, Norris Jack Kalmet, officially opened the drone trials for vaccine delivery to children living on remote islands. The event was held at the old Takara Airstrip, about an hour from the capital, Port Vila, with more than 100 community members, health workers and children present to witness the drones take to the sky for the first time.

05 Dec 2018 description

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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.

27 Nov 2018 description

November 2018, Barcelona, Spain — The Lord Mayor of the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, Albert Sandy Daniel, and the Head of UN-Habitat’s Urban Basic Services Branch, André Dzikus, signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) on 12 November to implement the City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT), a key UN-Habitat’s tool for building resilience at the urban scale.

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
report ACT Alliance

During the night of Friday on 22nd September 2017, the province of Penama in Vanuatu, was elevated to an Alert Level 4 ‘Moderate eruption state’ due to elevated activity of Manaro volcano on the island of Ambae. On Thursday 28th September 2017, a State of Emergency was declared for the entire island and a full, compulsory evacuation of 11,000 residents of Ambae island to the nearby islands of Espiritu Santo, Pentecost and Maewo was ordered. The volcano subsided somewhat and residents that chose to return were sent back by 30th October 2017.

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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