30 May 2013

Explosive activity of Vanuatu's Mt Yasur increases

6:44 pm on 30 May 2013

Explosive activity at Vanuatu's Mt Yasur volcano has increased in recent days.

According to observations by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards department, the activity level of the volcano on Tanna island is still at alert level 2 but an increase to 3 in the near future is possible.

The risk of volcanic projections near the volcano crater remains as thick steam and ash is being emitted from active vents, with ash fall in communities downwind.

An increase in activity was noted in early April when bombs were ejected from the volcano to the parking area below the summit cone, and the activity status was raised from 1 to 2.

It is recommended that all communities, visitors and travel agents take the current situation seriously.