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Alert level downgraded, Vanuatu volcano stabilises

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Vanuatu volcano stabilises
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The alert level for Vanuatu's Ambae has been downgraded, with signs the island's volcano is settling.

The order was made to evacuate last week when the alert was raised to level 4 - the second-highest - and the volcano was raining ash across much of the island.

The manager of the Geohazards Department, Esline Garaebiti, said while the volcano was still erupting, it appeared to be stabilising.

She said the alert level has been dropped to level three - what is deemed a "minor eruption."

"It is erupting with less ash at the moment but there are still some explosions," she said.

"There'll be de-gassing that will continue for some time, but the level of risk and risk areas is reduced."

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