Sunday, January 08, 2006

Ambae Volcano (Vanuatu)

Displaced people living in the relocation centres on Ambae Island have began returning home over the past two weeks. The waters of Lake Vui have changed from their normal aqua blue to a muddy brown. Eruptions at Ambae volcano continue at low levels with mainly phreatic activity. The volcano remains at level 2 alert. A cone is building inside the lake, forming a small island. There are two active vents, one ejecting water, rocks and mud, and the other is producing a tall column of steam and gas (up to 8-10,000 feet). Villagers no longer fear the volcano, and are admiring the beautiful sand beach which has formed in the lake. They are hopeful the volcano will attract more tourists to the island.
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