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Vanuatu: Gaua evacuations continue 27 November 2009

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The evacuation of residents of Gaua island in northern Vanuatu is continuing, reports Radio New Zealand International (RNZI). The active cone of Gaua volcano, Mt Garet, which has been showing low-level eruptive activity for around two months, has increased its activity over the last few days: gas emissions and ashfall have seriously affected life in the island’s eastern portion, and people from that area are being moved by boat to the unaffected western region of the island. RNZI reports that gas masks are being sent to Gaua, and that tourists are being warned to keep away from the volcano.

No update yet on the current activity at the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory website, but in fairness it must be pointed out that the observatory’s hard-pressed staff are working with very limited resources (they don’t even have the seismographs they need to monitor Gaua adequately).

For all our coverage of Gaua: Gaua « The Volcanism Blog.

Gas masks sent to Vanuatu island where locals are forced to evacuate – Radio New Zealand International, 26 November 2009
Tourists warned off Vanuatu’s Gaua volcano – Radio New Zealand International, 27 November 2009

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

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