30 Sep '17, 9am

#Australia, #New Zealand send help for #Vanuatu #volcano evacuation

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia dispatched a naval vessel to Vanuatu on Saturday (Sept 30) to help the South Pacific nation evacuate all 11,000 inhabitants from the northern island of Ambae as an erupting volcano threatens to shower down burning ash and acid rain. Vanuatu ordered the full evacuation of the island after the nation's largest volcano, known as Manaro Voui, began emitting volcanic gas last weekend. Vanuatu has maintained its danger rating at threat Level Four - the second highest - as a flotilla of ships including ferries and commercial vessels has begun moving the population to the nearby islands of Maewo, Pentecost and Santo. More than 6,000 people have already gone to emergency shelters on the South Pacific island. The Australian amphibious landing ship HMAS Choules left for Vanuatu on Saturday morning with specialists and supplies, the government said in a st...

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