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The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has made plans to evacuate nearly 3,000 villagers after a highly active volcano started spewing ash clouds, an official said on Monday.
The picturesque Gaua volcano, which has erupted 13 times since 1963 and has been exploding and rumbling for several months, is under close watch after a marked rise in activity in recent days.
"It's increasing in activity," said Peter Korisa, planning officer at the National Disaster Management Office. "A few days back a lot of ash clouds were released into the air. The activity isn't stable, it's
A Department of Internal Affairs meeting last Thursday concluded there was no alternative to evacuating the people of Gaua to Sola on Vanualava island. From Sola most would be relocated to Leon Bay for up to a year, on land owned by the Anglican Church of Vanuatu. Others would be dispatched to other islands in Torba.
PORT-VILA, 19 avril 2010 (Flash d'Océanie) – Les nombreux volcans de l'archipel de Vanuatu ne semblaient ces derniers jours donner aucun signe d'accalmie et auraient même tendance à gagner en activité, selon les dernières constatations des autorités locales. PORT VILA, April 19, 2010 (Oceania Flash) - The many volcanoes in the archipelago of Vanuatu in recent days seemed to give no sign of abating, and would even tend to become more active, according to recent findings of local .
Vanuatu’s disaster management office says almost 3,000 people will be ferried off Gaua island if the activity of its volcano increases. The Gaua volcano in Torba province in the country’s north began erupting seven months ago and there’s been an increase in mud flow, ash fall and more explosions in recent weeks. The water level in the crater lake has been rising and there’re fears that mud could flow from the lake to the populated areas. The disaster management office’s planner, Peter Korisa, says they had several meetings to discuss the issue. “We’re planning to move people to Vanualava. We’re still negotiating and working with people from the province to see if there’re possibilities in the areas that we could use as evacuation centres. But there’s no date [for the evacuation] yet, we don’t have a [final] plan.” Peter Korisa says at this stage the situation doesn’t warrant an evacuation.
Activity at the Gaua volcano in Vanuatu's northern Torba Province is continuing to cause concern for the local people. They have all moved to the east side of Gaua Island to avoid falling ash, mudslides and poisonous gases. Authorities in the capital Port Vila are urging people to stay calm as they monitor the volcano closely. Field observations reported by the geo-hazards officer in Gaua confirm thicker and higher emissions of ash columns but the alert level remains at Two out of a possible Four.
Originally posted by MoorfNZ
Concerns for other volcanic activity in the area increasing...
Several volcanoes in Vanuatu also worried
About 82 people remain in re-location centres while mudflow causes significant damage to crops with ash, volcanic gas and acid rain contaminating drinking water. "It has been continuously erupting since November last year," Manses told AAP. "We have evacuated communities from the west part of the island, we already evacuated them last year and they are still in re-location centres," he said. "The seismologists cannot tell when people can return to their original homes, so they are still there in re-location centres." The archipelago, which lies between Australia and Fiji and north of New Zealand, was rocked by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last week, prompting a brief tsunami warning. Last year it copped three major earthquakes.