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Volcanic activity in the Comoros Islands

Undersea tremors which began last May continue to be felt in French Indian Ocean territory

Since last May the Comoros islands in the Indian Ocean have been experiencing earthquake tremors and the island of Mayotte has sunk by more than 10cm. French geologists have set up monitoring equipment on land and the seabed to try to assess the extent of the continuing seismic activity.

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Image: A white sand island in a lagoon, Mayotte Island
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