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Erupting volcano forces 6000 evacuations on Vanuatu island

Erupting volcano forces 6000 evacuations on Vanuatu island”

Reports suggest up to 6,000 residents have been forced to evacuate due to the Monaro volcano on Ambae Island, Vanuatu.

Ambae island evacuees in the wake of the Manaro Voui volcano eruption.

According to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, volcanic activity is continuing to increase and has been categorized as a Level 4, meaning there is a possibility of a very large eruption.

Officials said on Sunday morning that the volcano had not yet erupted and there did not appear to be any ash.

"There's a lot of activity going on".

"With the seismic machine, we can measure what's happening but we can't really predict what the volcano will do next", he said.

Authorities told villagers near the Manaro volcano to expect volcanic gas, airborne rocks and ash.

Evacuations are still proceeding on Ambae, and the Penama provincial government says it has now moved all the people in the south of the island to the north.

About 15 evacuation centers were open in the east and west parts of the island, mostly in schools and community halls.

He said authorities planned to send to the island a ship filled with water, food and other supplies that would arrive Wednesday to help those people who had been displaced.

The nation of Vanuatu is made up of 80 small islands and is located between Australia and Hawaii.

The nation is considered one of the world's most prone to natural disasters, with a half-dozen active volcanoes as well as regular cyclones and earthquakes.

Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands with a population of roughly 272,000 people, situated along the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.



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