Earthquake swarm in the Taupō Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

Earthquake swarm in the Taupō Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

The GeoNet earthquake monitoring network has recorded a small swarm of earthquakes at Lake Taupō, New Zealand over the last 2 to 3 weeks. Lake Taupō is a large caldera volcano, a special type of volcano that has rare but unusually large eruptions.

Steam plume visible at Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

Steam plume visible at Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

A steam plume was seen above Ruapehu’s Crater Lake at around 09:45 LT on May 3, 2022 (21:45 UTC on May 2). No seismic or acoustic activity accompanied the plume appearance, indicating the steam plume was not generated by strong activity in the lake.

Strong volcanic tremor continues at Ruapehu, New Zealand

Strong volcanic tremor continues at Ruapehu, New Zealand

The elevated volcanic unrest continues at New Zealand’s Ruapehu volcano, with strong volcanic tremor and the Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) temperature now stabilized at 37 °C (98.6 °F) for the past week. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 and the Aviation Color Code at Yellow.