Increased volcanic activity at Yasur volcano, Vanuatu

Volcanic activity at Yasur volcano, Vanuatu continues at the major unrest state with ongoing volcanic gases and ashes emissions and an increase in activity recorded on December 18, 2021. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

The latest data analysis indicates that volcanic activity at Yasur is currently high in the level of major unrest state, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) reported on December 19.1

An increase in activity was recorded on December 18 around 21:00 LT and was confirmed by observations data of bombs ejected from the vent to the volcano cone.

This means that the level of risk for visitors accessing areas within the Danger Zone A (areas around the crater rim to the parking) REMAIN HIGH. Areas and villages located close to the volcano may continue to expect volcanic gases impacts and/or ash falls following wind directions.

It is useful to remind that all tourism agencies, visitors, local authorities, people from Tanna Island, and the general public take this information into consideration, VMGD said.

VMGD and the Wellington VAAC reported multiple gas-and-ash emissions since November 27.

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