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Strong M6.2 earthquake hits near Ambae, Vanuatu

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near the coast of Ambae, Vanuatu at 15:23 UTC on March 20, 2019 at a depth of 125.4 km (78 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 134 km (83 miles). The epicenter was located 49.1 km (30.5 miles) ESE of...

March 20, 2019

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Tropical Cyclone "Oma" near Vanuatu, Red Alert for Torba, Sanma and Malampa

Tropical Cyclone Warning No.9 was issued for Vanuatu provinces of Torba, Sanma and Malampa at 12:30 UTC (23:30 VUT), February 13, 2019 due to Tropical Cyclone "Oma," located at the time about 255 km (160 miles) west of Santo and 390 km (242 miles)...

February 13, 2019

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Ruptured ground around Ambrym volcano forces evacuations, Vanuatu

Earthquakes triggered by volcanic activity at Ambrym, Vanuatu ruptured the ground and damaged entire villages over the past month, forcing the evacuation of 700 people living on the island. According to media reports, people from the villages of Paamal, Ulei, Sameou...

January 21, 2019

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M6.0 earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit WSW of Isangel, Vanuatu at 13:18 UTC on January 18, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 45.1 km (28 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 40 km (25 miles). This earthquake can have a low...

January 18, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit near the coast of Vanuatu at 18:06 UTC on January 15, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 46.9 km (29.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles). This earthquake can have a...

January 15, 2019

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Vanuatu at 14:25 UTC on December 22, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 42 km (26 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles). The epicenter was located 106 km (65.9 miles)...

December 22, 2018

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Ambrym volcano: Intra-caldera flank eruption, alert level raised, Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department has raised the Volcanic Alert Level for Ambrym volcano to Level 3, the department reported December 15, 2018. The eruption is taking place in the caldera area and the Danger Zone for life safety is limited at the...

December 15, 2018

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Tsunami travels 200 m (650 feet) inland, damages a school and wipes out 2 homes, Vanuatu

A tsunami caused by M7.5 earthquake near the coast of New Caledonia on December 5, 2018, hit Vanuatu, damaging a school and wiping out two homes. According to the owner of a tour company on nearby Mystery Island, Benie Masauvakalo, a surge of water moved inland but...

December 06, 2018

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Brief eruption at Ambae volcano, Vanuatu

Volcanic explosions were recorded at Vanuatu's Ambae volcano at 07:32 UTC (18:32 LT) on October 30, 2018. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 and danger to direct safety to life for visitors and communities remains at 2 km (1.2 miles) radius around the...

October 30, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Vanuatu at 22:32 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

August 22, 2018

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Ambae fully evacuating again as heavy ash continues blanketing the island, Vanuatu

Ambae is being fully evacuated again for the second time since September 2017 as heavy ash continues blanketing the island. The possibility that the Ambae volcano activity escalates to the level of moderate eruption is now moderate to high. Vanuatu officials ordered...

July 27, 2018

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Major increase in SO2 and ash emissions at Ambae volcano, alert raised, Vanuatu

A major increase in SO2 emissions was observed at Vanuatu's Ambae volcano over the past couple of days, with levels similar to those measured in early April when much of the island was devastated by ashfall. Volcanic alert level for the volcano was raised to...

July 25, 2018

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Ambae volcano ejects ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Vanuatu

A strong eruption occurred at Vanuatu's Ambae volcano at 03:30 UTC on July 16, 2018. The eruption ejected ash up to 9.1 km (33 000 feet) above sea level. This activity is consistent with the Volcanic Alert Level 2, the Vanuatu Meteorological and Geohazards...

July 16, 2018

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M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu at intermediate depth

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near Isangel, Vanuatu at 09:46 UTC on July 13, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 169.2 km (105 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.2 at a depth of 167 km (103.7 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 13, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.2 hit Vanuatu at 21:13 UTC on June 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 36 km (22.3 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 21.8 km (13.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth...

June 21, 2018

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Tropical low between Vanuatu and Fiji dropping heavy rain

A new tropical cyclone, currently designated Invest Area 91P, is brewing between Vanuatu and Fiji while dropping heavy rain over parts of Vanuatu. The system is currently almost stationary NE of Vanuatu and expected to start moving toward Fiji. At 06:00 UTC (17:00...

April 06, 2018

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Village near Ambae volcano faces relocation after flash flood, Vanuatu

A flash flood struck a village on the island of Ambae, Vanuatu, destroying about 30 houses and affecting more than 100 people on March 31, 2018. Almost all the houses in the village were destroyed, leaving behind remains of a few concrete buildings. The Vanuatu...

April 03, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Hola" crossing Vanuatu before turning toward Loyalty Islands

Tropical Cyclone "Hola" formed March 6, 2018 near Vanuatu as the third named storm of the 2017/18 South Pacific tropical cyclone season. This system will cross Vanuatu over the next 12 - 24 hours and then rapidly intensify as it heads toward the Loyalty...

March 06, 2018

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Gaua volcano alert level raised, major unrest reported

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) raised the Volcanic Alert Level of Gaua volcano from Level 1 to Level 2 on January 31, 2018. The decision restricts visitors from approaching the volcanic cone. A long period of dormancy of this volcano ended...

January 31, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Fehi" forms near New Caledonia, heading toward New Zealand

Tropical Cyclone "Fehi" formed late Sunday, January 28, 2018 (UTC) just west of New Caledonia as the first named storm of the 2017/18 South Pacific tropical cyclone season. Fehi is expected to produce heavy rain over New Caledonia and the Vanuatu group...

January 29, 2018

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Eruptive activity at Ambae volcano continues at major unrest state, Vanuatu

The volcanic activity at Aoba (Ambae) volcano in Vanuatu continues at major unrest state and the Alert Level continues at Level 2, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department said in a special bulletin No1 issued January 29, 2018. The current eruption is...

January 29, 2018

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Ambae volcano hazards ahead of rainy season, Vanuatu

Eruptive activity at Aoba volcano, also known as Ambae, is continuing in the minor eruption state and the Alert Level for the volcano remains at Level 3, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department reported today and warned about hazards around the volcano...

November 02, 2017

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Volcanic activity at Ambrym continues at minor levels, alert level remains at 3

The volcanic activity at Ambrym is continuing at the level of minor eruption state and its Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) reported on October 13, 2017. The volcanic activity is highly likely to go...

October 13, 2017

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Eruptive activity at Ambae remains stable, Alert Level lowered to 3

The eruptive activity remains stable at Ambae (Aoba) volcano in Vanuatu and the Alert Level was lowered to Level 3 from Level 4 on October 6, 2017, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) reported 04:11 UTC (15:11 local time) today. The volcanic...

October 06, 2017

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Over 8 000 people evacuated around Aoba (Ambae) volcano, Vanuatu

More than 8 000 people living near Aoba (Ambae) volcano in Vanuatu were forced to evacuate over the past several days due to increase in volcanic activity. The Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has declared the State of Emergency on Ambae island on...

September 26, 2017

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Alert level for Aoba (Ambae) volcano raised to second highest, Vanuatu

The Alert Level for Aoba volcano, also known as Ambae, was raised to the second highest (4 of 5) on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The activity at the volcano gradually intensified over the past couple of weeks and continues to intensify. The activity forced...

September 23, 2017

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Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...

September 20, 2017

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Alert level for Aoba (Ambae) volcano raised, Vanuatu

Volcanic activity at Aoba volcano, also known as Ambae, continues to increase, the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory (VGO) reported September 6, 2017, and raised the Volcanic Alert Level for the volcano from Level 2 to Level 3 (on a scale of 0 - 4). This means that the...

September 07, 2017

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Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Vanuatu at intermediate depth

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Vanuatu at 13:52 UTC on May 9, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 179 km (111 miles). After M6.4 in Japan's Ryukyu Islands, this is the second M6+ earthquake today. According to the USGS, the...

May 09, 2017

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Donna becomes strongest May cyclone ever to hit southern hemisphere

During the afternoon UTC hours of May 7, 2017, Tropical Cyclone "Donna" became the strongest May cyclone ever to hit the southern hemisphere. Donna peaked at 118.7 knots (220 km/h / 136 mph) at 19:32 UTC on May 7, before it started weakening. Vanuatu...

May 08, 2017

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Severe Tropical Cyclone "Donna" swirling near Vanuatu

Forecast track for Tropical Cyclone "Donna" has changed and the cyclone is now expected to pass between Vanuatu and New Caledonia over the coming days. Forecast models are still in disagreement but it seems Vanuatu might be spared of a direct hit....

May 05, 2017

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Off-season, very dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Donna" heading toward Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone "Donna" (18P) formed northeast of Vanuatu on May 3, 2017, 3 days after the official end of the 2016/17 South Pacific Cyclone Season. Donna is expected to rapidly intensify over the next 24 hours to Category 3 or 4 cyclone on the...

May 03, 2017

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Tropical Cyclone 16P (Cook) wreaking havoc on Vanuatu, heading toward New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone 16P, soon to be named Cook, is wreaking havoc on Vanuatu today, April 8, 2017. The cyclone is expected to intensify over the coming days on its way to New Caledonia. It comes at the end of the official cyclone season, which runs from November to...

April 08, 2017

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Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" devastates Vanuatu, dozens feared dead in one of region's worst weather disasters

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" was a massive and destructive Category 5 storm packing sustained winds of about 270 km/h (167 mph) and wind gusts of 320 km/h (198 mph) when it hit Vanuatu on Friday, March 13, 2015.The storm changed course at the last minute and

March 14, 2015

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Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" triggers red alerts in Vanuatu

At 02:00 UTC on March 12, Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" (Category 4) was located about 950 km (590 miles) Northwest of Nadi, Fiji, RSMC Nadi Tropical Cyclone Center said. It had a central pressure of 935 hPa and average wind speeds of 185 km/h (114.9 mph) clos

March 12, 2015

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Very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake hits off Vanuatu

A very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake was registered off the Pacific island of Vanuatu at 03:47 UTC on January 23, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 218.5 km (135.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 201 km (124 miles).According to USGS, epicen

January 23, 2015

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Flash flood wipes out Puarante village, Vanuatu

On March 10/11, Tropical Cyclone Lusi struck the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu causing flooding, destroying houses and crops and causing one reported death. The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office issued cyclone warnings for Torba (population 9,359),

March 21, 2014

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Deep earthquake M 6.3 registered east of Vanuatu

Deep earthuqake registered as M 6.3 (USGS) struck east of Vanuatu on March 5, 2014 at 09:56 UTC. USGS reported depth of 636.8 km (396.7 miles), EMSC is reporting M 6.3 at depth of 648 km. Epicenter was located at sea, 262 km (163 miles) ESE of Sola and 368

March 05, 2014

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Strong earthquake M6.5 struck close to Port-Olry and Luganville, Vanuatu

A strong earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.5 struck Vanuatu on February 7, 2014 at 08:40 UTC (19:40 local time). According to USGS, the depth of the earthquake was 111.2 km (69.1 miles); EMSC is reporting depth of 115 km. Epicenter was

February 07, 2014

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M 6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck 48 km (30 miles) ENE of Luganville, Vanuatu at 07:07 UTC on July 26, 2013. The epicenter was located at coordinates 15.360°S 167.586°E -  274km (170 miles) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu and 615km (382mi) N

July 26, 2013