February 7, 2023

VANUATU: Vanuatu Underwater Volcano Erupted Last Week Nestled In the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire. Last Recorded Eruption Occurred In 2004. Island Nation Hit By 7.0 MAG Quake Early January

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CBS News
written by Staff
Wednesday February 1, 2023

Vanuatu's East Epi underwater volcano erupted Wednesday, hurtling ash into the sky and leading authorities to warn ships and aircraft to avoid the area.

"We are telling locals to watch out for any strong explosions as the eruptions are still ongoing," senior volcano officer Ricardo William, at the meteorology and geo-hazards department, told AFP.

The department posted images of the eruption on Facebook as well as a map showing a 10-kilometer "danger zone" around the submerged volcano.

The volcano lies 68 kilometers north of the capital Port Vila.

After reports of steam over the site, the underwater volcano started belching ash up to 100 meters high early Wednesday.

Volcanic activity started shortly before 8 am, according to the local meteorology department.

Eyewitness Philip Dick, a government official, told AFP the ground started shaking and smoke above the site was visible in the early hours.

"Then the explosions began -- there is still a bad smell of sulphur within the nearby villages," he added.

Officials raised the volcano alert to the first level, meaning "minor unrest", on a scale of one to five.

Locals on the nearby islands of Epi and Tongoa have been told to avoid the coast.

"People are advised to stay on alert... the department said in a statement.

It added that, while the Alaska-based Tsunami Warning Center had not picked up any activity in the Vanuatu region, "such eruptions have the potential to create tsunami waves."

"People on Epi and surrounding islands are also advised to stay on alert for any large earthquake associated with the ongoing volcanic eruptions that could trigger a possible tsunami," the department said.

The Pacific island nation was rocked by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in early January off the largest island Espiritu Santo in the north of the archipelago.

Vanuatu sits on the "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common. The nation is also prone to volcano eruptions and cyclones, and has been ranked by the United Nations University as the world's most at-risk nation for natural disasters.

In 2015, the island nation was hit by the massive Cyclone Pam. Officials say more than 90 percent of the buildings in the capital alone were destroyed, and at least a half dozen people were killed.

written by Amit Chaturvedi
Monday January 9, 2023

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu late on Sunday, triggering a tsunami warning that was withdrawn later. The quake's epicentre was in the sea just off the northern bay of the largest island Espiritu Santo, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the archipelago's capital Port Vila. The shallow quake hit around 11:30 pm local time and was 27 kilometres deep, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which placed it about 25 kilometres from the Espiritu Santo village of Port-Olry.

Why is Vanuatu prone to natural disasters?

The island nation regularly faces natural disasters, threatening its population of 280,000. A majority of these frightened villagers fled to higher ground after the tsunami alert was issued.

Vanuatu sits on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common, according to the United Nations.

The annual cyclone season, regular droughts and floods also make this country one of the world's most vulnerable to natural disasters, it added.

On its foreign travel advice page, the UK government says that the cyclone season in Vanuatu begins from November to May. Throughout this period there is a high risk of strong winds and heavy rains with associated flooding, landslides and road closures.

It further said that more than 2,000 seismic events are reported each year. While most of these events are small, larger earthquakes and tremors of over 5 magnitude do occur on regular basis.

The active volcanoes are located on the islands of Tanna, Ambae, Ambrym, Lopevi, Vanua Lava and Gaua.

The impact of climate change

Vanuatu is also facing a sea level rise and increasingly powerful cyclones that cripple its economy. The island nation has filed a draft UN resolution requesting an advisory from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the countries' legal obligation for climate change and consequence of causing harm.

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