The Alert Level for Vanua Lava Volcano increases from Level 0 to Level 1.
This means that the volcanic activity has changed and becomes unstable. The risk of volcanic gas is significant at the area around the sulfur river and volcanic area.
All visitors are advised to protect them to avoid volcanic gas impacts and other volcano related incidents.
All communities, villages, visitors and travel agencies have to seriously consider this information.
The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department will closely monitor this volcano activity. More information will be provided accordingly when necessary.
Suretamatai volcano forms much of Vanua Lava Island, one of the largest of Vanuatu’s Banks Islands. The younger lavas of 921-m-high Suretamatai (also known as Soritimeat) volcano overlie a number of small older stratovolcanoes that form the island. In contrast to other large volcanoes of Vanuatu, the dominantly basaltic-to-andesitic Suretamatai does not contain a youthful summit caldera. A chain of small stratovolcanoes, oriented along a NNE-SSW line, gives the low-angle volcano an irregular profile. The youngest cone, near the northern end of the chain, is the largest and contains a lake of variable depth within its 900-m-wide, 100-m-deep summit crater. Historical activity, beginning during the 19th century, has been restricted to moderate explosive eruptions.
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May 29, 2016. Vanua Lava ( Suretamatai) , Vanuatu :
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 1
Source : Geohazard , GVP.