Vanuatu Last Earthquakes Information

Magnitude 4+ Earthquakes Real-time list for the past 7 days
(from the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory)

Bulletin N°1- Lopevi Activity
Monday, December 15th, 2014

16°30"S 168°21"E, Summit Elevation 1413m
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 1

Observations and analysis done by the Geo-Hazards observatory in beginning of December 2014, showed that the volcanic activity at Lopevi has increased dramatically in a very short time span. From visual and satellite observations, it is clear that the volcano is in an eruption phase. As such the volcano’s Alert Level has moved from Level 0 to Level 1. The island of Lopevi is now a “NO GO ZONE” until further notice.


Therefore, all communities, villages, visitors and travel agents are recommended to seriously consider this information.


The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department will continue to monitor this volcano’s activity and provide information accordingly when necessary.


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Ambrym Ambae Lopevi Gaua
   Yasur Volcano, Tanna Island
   Volcano Alert Level: Level 1
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Last Regional Earthquake Information

Earthquake detected by the Vanuatu-New Caledonia Seismic Network (VMGD/IRD)
Séisme détecté  par le Réseau Sismique Vanuatu-Nelle Calédonie (VMGD/IRD)


Seismic event of 2015/01/31 at 12:31:04.4 UTC
Local time : 2015/01/31 at 23:31:04
in Vanuatu Islands Region
Magnitude : M 5.6
Depth : 10 km

Evènement sismique du 31/01/2015 à 12:31:04.4 UTC
Temps local : 31/01/2015 à 23:31:04
localisé à Vanuatu Islands Region
Magnitude : M 5.6
Profondeur : 10 km

Current Volcanic Activity

The table below shows the current alert level of Vanuatu's volcanoes. There is 2 differents types of volcano group, the frequently active volcanoes (Yasur, Lopevi, Ambrym) and the 'dormant' volcanoes (Ambae, Gaua, Vanua Lava).

Suretamatai, Vanua Lava
Suretamatai, Vanua Lava: Normal, quiet.
Mt Garet, Gaua
Mt Garet, Gaua: Signs of awakening.
Manaro Voui, Ambae
Manaro Voui, Ambae: Signs of awakening.
Marum & Bembow, Ambrym
Marum & Bembow, Ambrym: Increased activity, danger near crater only.
Lopevi:Increased activity, danger near crater only.
Yasur, Tanna
Yasur, Tanna: Increased activity, danger near crater only.


Volcanic Activity Summary
Vanuatu Volcano
Current Alert Level
Manaro (Ambae)1
Marum & Benbow (Ambrym)1
Mt Garet (Gaua)1
Yasur (Tanna)1
Suretamatai (Vanua Lava)0

This table shows the description of Vanuatu Volcanic Alert Level (VVAL).
VVAL Frequently Active Volcano Group (Yasur, Lopevi, Ambrym)'Dormant' Volcano Group (Ambae, Gaua, Vanua Lava)
Lvl.?Insufficient Monitoring to make assessment
Lvl.0Normal low-level activity.Normal, quiet.
Lvl.1Increased activity, danger near crater only.Signs of awakening.
Lvl.2Moderate eruptions, danger close to the volcano vent, within parts of Volcanic Hazards Map Red Zone.Confirmation of awakening, Minor eruptions and danger near to crater.
Lvl.3Large eruption, danger in specific areas within parts of Volcanic Hazards Map Red and Yellow Zones.Moderate to large eruption, danger in areas near crater and along main stream valleys.
Lvl.4Very large eruption, island-wide danger (including areas within Red, Yellow and Green Zones).Very large eruption, island-wide danger and potential impacrs on neighbouring islands.