Fearing that a major eruption is imminent for at the Manaro volcano on Ambae island, the entire population of 11,000 is being evacuated.
The evacuees are being transported by boat or airlifted to other islands in Vanuatu. The process should take about a week.
Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation of roughly 80 islands that stretch some 800 miles (1,300 km).
“There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office, said Tuesday of the recent activity. “There’s a lot of activity going on.”
Welegtabit noted that it’s impossible to say whether there will be a major eruption, but it was better to be cautious.
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