Ambae volcano crisis: unprecedented mass evacuation facing difficulties

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

Awareness sessions have been taking place across Ambae to discuss how the evacuation of Ambae’s 11,000+ people —4% of Vanuatu’s total population– will Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking news: Vanuatu Govt orders evacuation of entire 11,100 population of Ambae

Breaking: the Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has ordered the mass evacuation of the entire population of Ambae – approximately Read the rest of this entry »


New Zealand Air Force survey flight gathers valuable data on Ambae volcano

Infrared video shows the crater at Manaro Voui spewing ash and lava. Photo: RNZAF

Infrared video shows the crater at Manaro Voui spewing ash and lava. Photo: RNZAF

A P-K2 Orion aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Airforce yesterday surveyed the Ambae volcano, in addition to the two other volcanoes that are also Read the rest of this entry »


Shelter, food and water in short supply for Ambae volcano evacuees

Evacuees recently disembarked from a landing vessel line the shore at Waluriki, north Ambae island yesterday. Photo: John Metojoe/Facebook

Evacuees recently disembarked from a landing vessel line the shore at Waluriki, north Ambae island yesterday. Photo: John Metojoe/Facebook

The Vanuatu Government has released Vt 200 million for the Read the rest of this entry »


Ambae volcano: Vanuatu Government declares State of Emergency

Ambae's Manaro Voui volcano erupts last weekend. Photo: Supplied

The Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has declared a State of Emergency on Ambae island, allowing Read the rest of this entry »


70% of Ambae’s population forced to evacuate following volcanic eruption

Photo taken on Ambae yesterday showing the Manaro Voui volcano erupting. Photo: Facebook

Photo taken on Ambae yesterday showing the Manaro Voui volcano erupting. Photo: Facebook

Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae is erupting, and the Penama provincial government council and National Disaster Management Office is currently in the process of evacuating 8,000 Read the rest of this entry »


1,184 Vanuatu farmers achieve accreditation as organic producers

Farmers and officials launch the Organic certification logo for Vanuatu registered farmers on Tanna. Photo: Donald Wouleseje

Farmers and officials launch the Organic certification logo for Vanuatu registered farmers on Tanna. Photo: Donald Wouleseje

Vanuatu has 1,184 organic farmers accredited by the Vanuatu Organic Farmers’ Committee—on Tanna, Santo and Efate. Chairman of the committee, Benuel Tarilongi, said they are working with the Syndicat Agricole to manage the organic certifications according to the requirements of the European Union/Pacific Community (SPC) Organic Pasifika certification. Tarilongi made the announcement of the first certification ceremony at Lenakel, Tanna. The Pacific Ethical Trade Committee was represented at the meeting. Tarilongi explained that farmers must not have used pesticides or fertilizers during the preceding three-year period. Vanuatu farmers do not generally use chemicals in their gardens. Read the rest of this entry »