Mud flying everywhere - Geothermal mudpool opens in Rotorua backyard, New Zealand

A geothermal mudpool opened up behind a privately owned house in Rotorua, New Zealand at around 02:00 local time on June 25, 2019. The last geothermal activity in this area, with steam bursting from the bank, was reported in 2017. 

"There was mud flying everywhere, it was shaking everything," owner Susan Gedye told Stuff.

GNS volcanologist Brad Scott visited the site on Tuesday morning. He said it had been the location of geothermal activity before, but this time around it's a little bit different.

Given the amount of heat being given off, it looks like it wants to stay there, Scott said.

Three scenarios could be expected, he said. "The normal behavior is for it to cool down and go away. The other two options were for it to remain active, or the least likely option was for the site to expand."

GNS will continue to monitor the site, but Meade St residents have little to fear, he said. "I don't think there's an issue. It's part and parcel of living in Rotorua."

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