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Australia sends naval support to Vanuatu’s volcano island

SYDNEY: Australia has sent a naval ship to help evacuate thousands of people from Vanuatu's Ambae island, where a volcano is threatening a major eruption. The Vanuatu government announced last week that all 11,000 residents on Ambae -- in the north of the Pacific archipelago -- would be moved, after the Manaro Voui volcano rumbled to life and rained rock and ash on villages. The landing ship HMAS Choules departed Australia on Saturday and is due to arrive at the Pacific nation mid-week, carrying emergency specialists…

6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Vanuatu: USGS

SYDNEY:  A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at a depth of 178 kilometres (110 miles) and about 58 kilometres northeast of Vanuatu's port-Olry town. Vanuatu is part of the "Ring of Fire," a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific frequently subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Last year the island nation was rocked by a series of quakes, including some that prompted tsunami…