AN international Virgin Airlines flight from Australia to Vanuatu was cancelled yesterday because of concerns about volcanic ash spewing from the Manaro volcano in Ambae.
The cancellation follows reports from Ambae of increased activity from the volcano in the past week.
Three villages have been evacuated because of health concerns relating to the volcanic ash, and they have had much of their gardens destroyed and water supplies tainted by ash falls.
The Vanuatu Meteorological and Geohazards Department increased the alert level for Manaro
from 2 to 3 last week and a Geohazards spokesman told the Independent Online this afternoon that all of Vanuatu’s seven active volcanos were constantly being reviewed and another report was due later this week.
Residents in Santo heard and saw at least two violent eruptions on Sunday night around 6pm and 10pm and claimed flames and fireballs reached about 1km high into the sky.
Santo residents said there were four further eruptions Monday morning and these were also heard by residents in Pentecost and Maewo.
The Manaro volcano is listed as one of the 10 most active in the world.