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Lava bombs in Vanuatu thrown 50 to 100 metres

Staff Writer |
A vulcanologist says he saw lava bombs thrown high in to the air during an observation flight over an erupting volcano in Vanuatu.

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The Pacific nation's government has ordered a mass evacuation of the island of Ambae, after about a week of escalating volcanic observations of Monaro Voui.

A state of emergency was declared on 26 September.

All 11,000 residents of Ambae - five percent of Vanuatu's population - have been told to evacuate the island.

Initially, islanders moved to shelters on Ambae but the government then ordered a mandatory island-wide evacuation.

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