Vanuatu Volcanic Alert Level (VVAL)

Lvl.1Signs of Volcanic Unrest
Lvl.2Major unrest
Lvl.3Minor eruption
Lvl.4Moderate eruption
Lvl.5 Very large eruption
Bulletin N°1 - Ambrym Activity
Tuesday, January 17th 2017

16°15'00"S 168°07'00"E, Summit Elevation 4377ft (1334m)
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 2

The Alert Level for Ambrym Volcano remains  at Level 2.
This means that its volcanic activity is in the major unrest stage. At this Alert Level, the volcanic activity is likely to remain at the same level for a while or decrease at any time but this volcano activity could also increase from any of the active craters of Benbow and Marum (including Maben-Mbwelesu, Niri-Mbwelesu and Mbwelesu). The area of risk remains in the caldera.
The permanent Exclusion Zone at Benbow and the Danger Zone A at Marum are closed (Shouldn’t be Access) and the Danger Zone B is opened (Could be Access)
(See photo below).


This is another reminder to all visitors to observe this volcano away from the Exclusion Zone which is about 1 Km radius from Benbow and Danger Zone A about 2.7 Km radius from Marum to avoid volcanic projectiles, gases, ashes and any other volcano activity related incidents. Volcanic gas and ashes can also affect villages that are exposed to trade winds.
See the safety map and visitors Fact-Sheet of Ambrym volcano at the Vanuatu Geohazards website
All communities, villages, visitors and travel agencies have to seriously consider this information.


The Department of Meteorology and Geohazards will continue to closely monitor this volcano activity. More information will be provided when necessary.



  « Posted sign » : Signs will be installed later at the locations shown on the image ;

For further information, please contact Geohazards office at the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, telephone 24686 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it