Tornado strikes campsite on Pacific volcano

tornado dust devil on campsite
tornado dust devil on campsite

Monday, 12, Dec 2016 04:58

By Tom Leaning

Dust devil tornado wrecks havoc on a campsite in a volcanic crater on the isle of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean

International campers were left shaken after witnessing a powerful dust devil tornado rip through their campsite in the Marum Crater on the isle of Vanuatu.

During an expedition to the top of the volcanic crater in the Pacific ocean, Briton Chris Horsley and New Zealand photographer, Geoff Mackley, noticed the weather turning hazardous, before seeing the weather phenomenon heading straight for their camp.

Mr Mackley, who was able to capture the dust devil on camera, told The Caters News Agency: "[The dust devil] did quite a bit of damage in the camp, bottles were flying around and tents unpicked, but we fixed it quite quickly.

"It was fairly hard to see when it ripped through camp, due to the dust and rocks it picked up.

"Dust devils are not too common up there but on this day there were literally hundreds of them."

Dust devils range from half a meter wide and a few meters tall to more than 10 metres wide and more than 1000 metres tall.

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