Ambae Island, Penama Province,
15.38 S, 167.83 E,
summit elevation 1496 m
Ambae is an ellipsoid shield volcano in northern Vanuatu. The island forms the upper part of the most voluminous volcano in Vanuatu. Ambae volcano rises 3900 m above the ocean floor and has a volume of 2500 cubic km. The volcano is atypical because it has a significant volume of pyroclastic products compared to other basaltic shield volcanoes.
Ambae volcano photos by John Seach
Ambae volcano (Lake Voui) 2009
Lake Voui, Ambae volcano 2009
Lake Voui, Ambae Island, Vanuatu 2009
Ambae volcano, Vanuatu. Lake Voui
Summit of Ambae volcano, Vanuatu
Campsite near summit of Ambae volcano, Vanuatu
Ambae Island jungle
Ambae Island jungle
Volcano affected jungle, Ambae Island, Vanuatu
Another hazard of volcano climbing!
Ambae Island, Vanuatu
Passenger terminal at airfield on Ambae Island, Vanuatu
Air Vanuatu flight, Ambae Island
Three summit crater lakes at Ambae volcano:
Lake Manaro Ngoru - 300 m diameter.
Lake Vui (Voui) - 2.1 km diameter.
Lake Manaro Lakua - 1.3 km diameter.
Ambae volcano was raised to level 2 alert on 21 August 2016. Approaching the summit area is not considered safe.
Activity at Ambae volcano began in December 2012 and continued into 2013. Satellite images showed sulphur dioxide plumes at volcano during February 2013. The alert status at Ambae remained at level 1. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit 12 km west of Ambae volcano on 26th July 2013.
Satellite images showed a sulphur dioxide plume over the volcano on 24th December 2012, extending NW towards Espiritu Santo Island.
Small ash eruptions occurred at Ambae volcano at the beginning of June 2011. On 13th June 2011 satellite images showed sulphur dioxide emission from Ambae volcano extending west to Espiritu Santo Island. There was an increase in seismic activity at the volcano in July 2011.
2006 Colour Change in Lake
On 28th May 2006 the colour of Lake Voui had changed from blue to blood red due to oxidation of iron. The change was possible related to a change in the ratio of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide emitted by vents in the lake.
Summit eruptions began at Ambae volcano on 27th November 2005. People living in the north to the western side of the island reported smelling sulphuric fumes after an earthquake on February 16, 2005. In December 2005 eruptions were observed from two vents in Lake Voui. A 20 m high cone formed in the lake by 4th December.
On 28th May
There was an increase in water temperature at Ambae Volcano in 2000.
Phreatic Eruptions occurred at Voui Crater Lake, Ambae in 1995.
2011, 2005, 1995 (lake degassing), 1914 (earthquake), 1870, 1670, 1575