Sunday, 1 March 2015

Eruption on Mount Ambrym, Vanuatu.

The Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory issued a warning to the public on Saturday 21 February following an eruption from a new vent inside the caldera of Mount Ambrym a volcanic island in the New Hebrides. The eruption is apparently small in nature, but its prognosis is uncertain, and authorities are recommending people keep away from vents in the caldera and be alert for ashfalls downwind of the caldera. Ash columns have been reported above the volcano, and lava flows within the caldera. Raised sulphur dioxide levels have been detected across much of the Republic of Vanuatu, and as far away as New Caledonia.

Ash column over Mount Ambrym. Rocks can also be seen being thrown from the crater to the right. Georges Vitton/Volcanic News Eruptions.


Vanuatu is located on the southwestern fringe of the Pacific Plate, close to its boundary with the Australian Plate, which is being subducted along the New Hebrides Trench, to the west of the islands. The subducting Australian Plate passes under the islands of Vanuatu as it sinks into the Earth, causing Earthquakes as the plates stick together then break apart as the pressure builds up. As the plate sinks further it is partially melted by the heat of the Earth's interior. Some of the melted material then rises through the overlying Pacific Plate, fueling the volcanoes of Vanuatu.

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