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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

 

This means war: volcanic lake erupts in a riot of colour

`It looks like a giant cup of red wine or even blood.

Late last month villagers on Ambae, one of the chain of islands making up the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, made a startling discovery. The previously blue-green water in a three-kilometre-wide lake, perched at the top of a 1500-metre-high active volcano, had suddenly turned bright red.

“It’s quite red, like red wine,” said Esline Garaebiti, the geo-hazards manager for Vanuatu’s Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources. But exactly why remains a mystery, she said, adding that water samples were being sent to Belgium and New Caledonia for analysis.’




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