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Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake temperature heats up to 40 °C (104 °F), Alert Level remains at 1, New Zealand

Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake (Te Wai a-Moe) heated from 24 °C (75.2 °F) to 40 °C (104 °F) in response to earthquakes beneath the volcano, according to the GeoNet bulletin issued on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at...

March 18, 2020

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Parts of North Island experience worst drought on record, New Zealand

The New Zealand army has been deployed to drought-stricken Northland to assist in relief efforts amid worsening drought conditions. Authorities described the situation as the worst drought on record. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)...

March 04, 2020

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Volcanic activity increased at Ruapehu but still within normal bounds, New Zealand

Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) has responded to a short-lived episode of volcanic earthquakes beneath Mount Ruapehu, detected on February 22 and 23, 2020. Seismicity declined after initial uptick but is now back at similar levels. To further understand the current...

March 03, 2020

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Short-lived earthquake swarm beneath Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

A short-lived episode of volcanic earthquakes occurred beneath Mt. Ruapehu on February 22 and 23, 2020. The sequence now appears to be over​. The Volcanic Alert Level, therefore, remains at Level 1. The last known eruption of this volcano took place in 2007 (VEI...

February 24, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Uesi" hits New Caledonia, on track to bring strong winds and heavy rain to Lord Howe Island and Australian east coast

Tropical Cyclone "Uesi" has dumped heavy rains to northern New Caledonia as the storm passed west of the islands on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The storm is on course to bring severe storms to Australia's east coast in the following days, while New...

February 12, 2020

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South Island under state of emergency as floods displace thousands, New Zealand

Thousands of residents in South Island, New Zealand, were forced to evacuate their homes on Wednesday morning, February 5, 2020, after severe flooding hit the region, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency. The severe weather also left hundreds of...

February 05, 2020

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White Island volcano remains in an elevated state of unrest, New Zealand

White Island volcano (Whakaari) remains in an elevated state of unrest, but no further extrusion of lava has occurred. GNS' assessment is that further explosive eruptions remain very unlikely on any given day. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 and the...

February 04, 2020

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New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand

A newly-found complex fault system north of Gisborne, New Zealand, may shed new light on the threats of earthquakes and tsunami in the region, according to a study led by GNS Science. Dr. Nicola Litchfield, the lead author, suggests that distinctive marine terraces...

January 30, 2020

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Lava now visible at White Island, elevated state of unrest continues, New Zealand

New Zealand's White Island volcano remains in an elevated state of unrest and lava is now visible in the vents created by December 9, 2019 eruption, GeoNet reports on January 22. Further explosive eruptions are very unlikely on any given day in the next four...

January 22, 2020

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White Island eruption death toll rises to 20, volcano remains at Level 2 alert amid heightened unrest, New Zealand

An Australian man who was injured during White Island volcanic eruption on December 9, 2019, has died, becoming the 20th fatality of the disaster, officials confirmed on Monday, January 13, 2020. According to GeoNet's bulletin on January 15, the volcano remains...

January 15, 2020

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Strong winds and summer snowfall in New Zealand's Southland

Snow was reported on the hills of Southland, New Zealand on Monday morning, January 6, 2020, as a cold snap continued affecting the province in what is now its summer season. MetService issued a warning for strong southwest gales up to 120 km/h (75 mph) for coastal...

January 07, 2020

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Very hot gas and steam emissions continue at White Island volcano, death toll increases to 19, New Zealand

Very hot gas and steam continue to be discharged from active vents at the back of the White Island crater basin. Volcanic tremor and other seismic activity continue at a low level. The expert judgment today is that there is a 2-10% chance (very unlikely) of an...

December 23, 2019

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18 fatalities formally identified following White Island volcano eruption, New Zealand

The New Zealand police have completed the identification of the 18 victims who died in the White Island volcano eruption on December 9, 2019. The names and nationalities of the 17 have been released, but one person who died in an Australian hospital was not publicly...

December 17, 2019

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NZ Defence Forces recover 6 bodies from White Island volcano, raising death toll to 14

NZ Defence Force assets with specialized equipment went to White Island volcano late December 12 (UTC) and recovered the bodies of 6 of the 8 people killed on the island during a short-lived eruption on Monday, December 9, 2019. 47 people were on the island at the...

December 13, 2019

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White Island: Significantly increased volcanic tremor, new eruptions likely, New Zealand

The volcanic tremor has significantly increased at Whakaari/White Island on the morning of December 11, 2019 (LT), indicating that volcanic gas pressures remain high. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3 and the Aviation Color Code Orange. The death toll has...

December 11, 2019

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47 people at White Island at the time of eruption, periodic steam and gas driven jetting continues

Inquiries with tour operators indicate that 47 people were on the island at the time of the eruption. 31 patients are currently being treated at 7 hospitals and three have been treated and discharged. Some of the patients are reportedly in critical condition. 5...

December 10, 2019

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Wild weather strands 1 000 tourists, spawns over 857 000 lightning strikes over New Zealand

More than 857 000 lightning strikes have been recorded over New Zealand in 72 hours starting midnight local time Friday, December 6, 2019. Severe storms, landslides, slips, and flooding in the South Island cut off towns and trapped roughly 1 000 foreign tourists....

December 09, 2019

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White Island volcano eruption - Death toll rises to 17, 2 people remain missing, New Zealand

An impulsive, short-lived eruption occurred at New Zealand's White Island volcano at 01:11 UTC (14:11 LT) on December 9, 2019. The Volcanic Alert Level was raised to 3 and Aviation Color Code to Orange. The eruption affected the crater floor where up to 50...

December 09, 2019

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100 000 lightning strikes in 24 hours over South Island, New Zealand

MetService recorded nearly 100 000 lightning strikes in 24 hours over South Island, New Zealand, leading up to Saturday morning, December 7, 2019. Some of the strikes were associated with severe storms over Westland, the agency said. The West Coast has also been...

December 07, 2019

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Severe storm hits New Zealand, marking the start of summer in the country

A severe storm hit parts of New Zealand on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The lower North Island and portions of the South Island were among the most affected areas. Otago residents said they witnessed a tornado, rising up to around...

December 03, 2019

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Explosive gas and steam-driven mud jetting continues at White Island's crater lake, New Zealand

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, with substantial gas, steam and mud bursts observed at the vent located at the back of the crater lake. Other monitoring parameters remain elevated and the Volcanic Alert Level stays at...

December 03, 2019

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Moderate volcanic unrest at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island, but no new changes are observed in the monitored parameters. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 since November 18, 2019. The patterns of signals are similar to those through the 2011 - 2016...

November 25, 2019

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Farmers fear 80 percent crop loss after severe hailstorm in Canterbury, New Zealand

Two severe weather events battered New Zealand's Canterbury region over the past 3 days - a severe hailstorm in Timaru on November 20, 2019, and a destructive tornado that ripped through Christchurch on November 18. After the catastrophic events, farmers found...

November 21, 2019

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Severe hailstorm hammers Canterbury, New Zealand

Over 1 500 lightning strikes pummeled the South Island during a six-hour storm that hammered Canterbury, with destructive hailstones around 4.3 cm (1.7 inches) in diameter hitting Timaru on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. It was the second storm to hit the region in...

November 20, 2019

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Damaging tornado rips through Christchurch, injuring two people, New Zealand

A tornado hit Christchurch in New Zealand on November 18, 2019, leaving a trail of damage from central suburbs to coastal areas, according to the nation's Fire and Emergency. The twister injured two people, scattered debris through the air, and disrupted power...

November 18, 2019

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Further increase in activity at White Island, Volcanic Alert Level raised to 2, Aviation Color Code to Yellow, New Zealand

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show further increases in activity. Hazards on the island are now greater than during the past few weeks, forcing authorities to raise the Volcanic Alert Level to 2 and Aviation Color...

November 18, 2019

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Increased activity at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show an increase in activity, with a level of uncertainty about what this means, GeoNet Duty Volcanologist Yannik Behr reported October 30, 2019. Hazards on the island remain unchanged...

October 31, 2019

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Strong storm to bring snow and hurricane-force winds to New Zealand

Despite the upcoming summer season, a huge storm is expected to hit New Zealand this week, bringing strong winds, snow, and waves over 9 m (30 feet). Severe weather is set to begin in the South Island on Tuesday afternoon, October 22, with a front dropping the...

October 21, 2019

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Massive landslide prompts long-term closure of State Highway 4, New Zealand

A landslide has been developing for some time on State Highway 4, between Whanganui and Raetihi in the district of Ruapehu in New Zealand. Reports on October 9, 2019, said the recurring landslide has destroyed roads, resulting in considerable local disruption. The...

October 10, 2019

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Steam-driven activity at White Island increasing as rising crater lake drowns active vents, New Zealand

Small, muddy, geyser-like explosions are taking place in the active crater at Whakaari/White Island volcano over the past three weeks, GNS Science reported on September 26, 2019. The explosions are occurring due to a rising crater lake drowning the active vents. GNS...

September 26, 2019

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Heavy rain leads to major flooding, slips, and road closures in Coromandel, New Zealand

Torrential rains caused serious flooding and slips in Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand forcing various roads to close on September 10, 2019. Although forecasts stated that 110 mm (4 inches) of rain is expected, over 260 mm (10 inches) of rainfall hit The...

September 10, 2019

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Pesticides banned in Europe found in New Zealand streams, study shows

Banned pesticides in several European countries were found in New Zealand waterways and agricultural streams, according to a study by a team from the University of Otago. The study was led by Associate Professor Christoph Matthaei from the University of Otago's...

September 08, 2019

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Severe storm, damaging waterspout hits Auckland waterfront, New Zealand

A tornado type waterspout hit Auckland's waterfront on August 12, 2019, causing severe damage. The tornado caused many yachts at Westhaven Marina to lose their moorings, vehicles got swept into the ocean, one catamaran was overturned and a yacht was struck by...

August 15, 2019

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Earthquakes in the Kermadecs - another M6.3 hits the area, what you need to know, New Zealand

Another strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Kermadec Islands region at 11:04 UTC on June 27, 2019. The quake follows M7.2 on June 15, M6.3 on June 16, M6.0 on June 17, M6.4 on June 19, M6.2 on June 21 and dozens of moderately strong...

June 27, 2019

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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...

June 26, 2019

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SO2 at historically high levels, White Island alert levels raised, New Zealand

A moderate volcanic unrest is taking place at New Zealand's White Island volcano (Whakaari), forcing authorities to raise the Volcanic Alert Level to 2 and Aviation Color Code to Yellow on June 26, 2019. "Our heightened monitoring of Whakaari as part of the...

June 26, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 08:37 UTC on June 21, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was...

June 21, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 08:01 UTC on June 19, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). This is the 31st...

June 19, 2019

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Powerful M7.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands Region, New Zealand

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 (downgraded from M7.4) hit Kermadec Islands Region at 22:54 UTC on June 15, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The...

June 15, 2019

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Slow-slip event off the coast of Gisborne: plate movement equivalent to a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, New Zealand

GNS scientists are monitoring a slow-slip event near Gisborne, off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. This is an update on this event since it started registering in late March 2019. Slow-slip events are also known as "silent" earthquake. These...

April 29, 2019