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Activity continuing at Vanuatu’s Gaua volcano 20 October 2009

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Both ABC’s Australia Network News and Radio New Zealand International are reporting today that the alert level for Gaua volcano in northern Vanuatu has been raised from 1 to 2, as reported here four days ago.

The ABC story reports that SO2 emissions at the volcano have risen from nil to 3000 tonnes/day, as recorded on 3 October by volcanologist Philipson Bani: ‘for this small volcano this is huge’. Local residents are reporting a strong smell of sulphur and ash falling on their crops.

News
Ash and fumes pour from Vanuatu volcano – ABC Australia Network News, 20 October 2009
Alert level raised for Vanuatu volcano – Radio New Zealand International, 20 October 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Gaua – summary information for Gaua (0507-02=)
Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory – geohazards home page for Vanuatu
Vanuatu volcanoes and volcanics – information from the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

The Volcanism Blog