The Yasur volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu is experiencing a sustained high activity level, with recent satellite data revealing significant gas and ash emissions. Powerful eruptions ejecting rocks and volcanic bombs have been reported, posing serious risks to the local populace and visitors.
Activity at Vanuatu’s iconic Yasur volcano continues at a major unrest state, persistently maintaining a Level 2 activity status. Satellite imaging provides evidence of continuous release of gas and ash from the volcano’s vent, accompanied by eruptions potent enough to send rocks and volcanic bombs hurtling out of the volcano’s crater.
Surrounding villages, situated close to the volcano’s activity zones, are actively monitoring conditions, especially noting changes in wind direction. This vigilance is crucial as shifting winds can direct ashfall toward these communities. The situation could become particularly severe if rain were to mix with the ash, intensifying the impact on the area.
In light of the ongoing volcanic activity, official advisories have been issued, urging tourists to steer clear of areas near the volcano, including designated parking spots. These areas are now deemed as high-risk zones. It’s imperative for tourists to stay in touch with local agencies to receive timely updates on the situation and to follow all safety guidelines without exception.
1 Yasur Volkeno Aktiviti Apdeit – VMGD – October 12, 2023
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