Volcanic & Seismic Activity 

Ambae island evacuated as volcanic eruption blocks out the sun

Vanuatu: Ambae island faces complete evacuation, again, and a state of emergency is declared as its erupting volcano blocks out the sun.

The volcano awoke last September, which led to the island’s first full evacuation.

Another evacuation was conducted in May this year, but this was not compulsory and many islanders stayed in place.

Now officials in the South Pacific nation say the volcano once again presents a serious danger to life, and Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu tweeted that Friday’s evacuation was compulsory.

Residents are being moved to neighbouring islands.

One Ambae resident told news.com.au that it had been hard to sleep because of noise from the volcano, adding that the ash was aggravating children’s asthma.

“I want to leave, but I don’t know where I’m going to live,” said Lillian Garae.

Pictures taken from Ambae  show little visibility as the ash plume blocks out the sun.

Ambae island sits on the Ring of Fire — a basin that sees intense tectonic activity from the boundaries of various continental plates.

The movement of these enormous land masses drives volcanoes, earthquakes, trenches and other dramatic geological features.

Ambae’s volcanic awakening is likely attributed to the recent drop-off in solar activity, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays¬†penetrating deep into its silica-rich magma chambers.

Check out this link for more info: https://principia-scientific.org/do-cosmic-rays-trigger-earthquakes-volcanic-eruptions/

 

[Featured Photo: APA — volcanic ash covering Ambae Island]

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