Friday, April 29, 2005
Vulcanologist warns people to take the Ambrym volcano seriously
An Australian vulcanologist has warned that a volcano on the Vanuatu island of Ambrym could have a major impact on local communities if it erupts again. The eruption of Ambrym in 1913 was one of the largest in Melanesia in 400 years.Vulcanologist John Seach says a new eruption of Ambrym would be unlikely to affect Vanuatu's main island of Efate.But he says it could cause major destruction, and has the potential to take lives."Ambrym has a history of quite destructive eruptions, so potentially it is a very serious volcano and the level of activity over the past year needs to be taken seriously. A particular volcano has a pattern that is often peculiar to itself. So what it has done in the past it is capable of doing in the future."