Tanna’s Yasur volcano yields valuable information about volcanic bombs

Researchers in front of a volcanic explosion at Yasur volcano in Vanuatu, which is ejecting volcanic ballistic projectiles and a small ash plume. Photo: AGU's Eos/Marco Albano

Researchers in front of a volcanic explosion at Yasur volcano in Vanuatu, which is ejecting volcanic ballistic projectiles and a small ash plume. Photo: AGU’s Eos/Marco Albano

A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics revealed new insights into the flight patterns of solid and molten debris flung out of volcanos during explosive eruptions, writes Jacopo Taddeucci in Eos:

“When volcanos erupt they can spew out a range of substances from viscous lava and hot gas to ash clouds and rock fragments, each of which behave in different ways. A recent review article published in Reviews of Geophysics focused on the larger fragments of solid and molten material ejected from volcanos, and described an innovative new study of the flight paths of these projectiles.”

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Breaking news: Tanna nominated for Academy Award for best foreign language film

Poster for Academy Award-nominated film Tanna, shot in Vanuatu

In a first for film in Vanuatu and the Pacific islands region, The film Tanna, shot on location in Vanuatu using a local, untrained cast of actors, has been officially nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Tanna movie cast arrives in NYC for US premiere; People evicted from Tanoliu claim not to be squatters

The cast of Tanna do so sightseeing in New York City, accompanied by a street performer. Photo: Tanna Movie

Cast members of the film Tanna go sightseeing in New York City’s Times Square, accompanied by a street performer. Photo: Tanna Movie

The people removed from land near Tanoliu last week claim they are not squatters. In today’s Daily Post, 67-year old Frank Ismael explains how he and his family moved there at the request of Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu Tourism social media marketing campaign yields incredible images

Vanuatu Tourism recently recruited a number of influential image makers on social media platform Instagram and asked them to come to Vanuatu and capture their impressions of Vanuatu, and share them with their Instagram followers. We recently featured a video from this innovative social media marketing campaign; below is only a selection, but the results really speak for themselves:

 

So intense and all these little fern shadows make me happy! This guy and his friends jumped out of the bushes and scared our little group. I'm embarrassed to say I just froze and closed my eyes… Like if I can't see it it isn't happening!! Haha! What a great cultural experience!! @vanuatuislands #discovervanuatu

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I honestly didn't think you were able to stand on the edge of an active volcano, and I had no idea it was possible to do it so close to home In Sydney. Yesterday I visited Mount Yasur on Tanna Island, part of @vanuatuislands. I'll never forget looking down into the crater and seeing a molten pool of lava bubbling below. It is truly one of the most incredible things I've ever done. It was also one of the most exhilarating photographic shoots of my life. I'm still buzzing about it. Thanks to @matjoez for helping me with this shot. 🌋👌#discovervanuatu

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On World Press Freedom Day, PM Salwai pushes for Right to Information Bill

World Press Freedom Day 2016

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NZ travel reps brought to rebuild tourist numbers, but what about New Caledonia–Tanna tourists?

Tourists at Mt Yasur, Tanna

A tourist visits Yasur volcano, Tanna. Why aren’t tourism recovery efforts concentrating on getting New Caledonian tourists to Tanna? Photo: Vanuatu Tourism

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Standing up to be counted: Women of Vanuatu demanding their place in the political life of the nation

Too often disenfranchised by culture… women voters during Vanuatu's 2016 General Election. Photo: Commonwealth Secretariat

Disenfranchised by culture… women voters during Vanuatu’s 2016 General Election. Photo: Commonwealth Secretariat

“Respect”, as Father Walter Lini famously said, “is honourable”. But despite the enormous social, economic and cultural contributions they make every day, Vanuatu’s women are rarely given the respect they deserve; they continue to be shut out of political life. And yet, as the scandals of the last 12 months have shown, Vanuatu urgently needs better, more representative political leadership. Vanuatu’s full potential can only be realized when it has a gender-balanced leadership that includes, respects and values the enriching perspectives that women bring to political life. Today, on International Womens’ Day, we bring you the powerful story of a Vanuatu woman leader’s journey as she stands up for the right to take part in politics.

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