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Emission of Steam or Sulphurous Gas from Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

16.2S 168.1E

December 23rd, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Vanuatu – December 11th, 2012

Ambrym Island is a volcanic island in the archipelago of Vanuatu (formerly known as the New Hebrides).  Located near the center of the long Vanuatuan archipelago (here, the second large island from the bottom in the row of islands lined up parallel to the right edge), Ambryn is roughly triangular in shape, about 50 km (31 mi) wide.

The island is well known for its highly active volcanic activity. Here, although it is mostly covered by clouds, a plume of steam or sulfurous gas can be seen blowing northward from it. Such plumes are frequently emitted by Ambrym’s active lava lakes within its caldera.

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