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Series of short-lived steam explosions at White Island following increase in volcanic tremor levels, New Zealand

A series of short-lived, low-energy steam explosions occurred on February 18, 2021, at New Zealand's White Island volcano, starting at around 13:20 UTC (02:20 LT, February 18). The explosions took place after a small increase in volcanic tremor levels and lasted...

February 19, 2021

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Declining vent temperatures at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Remote monitoring of the vent area at White Island volcano, New Zealand over the past 12 months revealed that the temperatures of gas emissions have declined from over 700 °C (1 290 °F) to 300 °C (570 °F). Current activity is characterized by steam...

February 04, 2021

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Small steam explosions at White Island volcano, New Zealand

A series of short-lived, low energy steam explosions occurred at White Island volcano, New Zealand on December 29, 2020. This small event consisted of at least 20 individual pulses and may have produced traces of ash locally in the steam plume for a few minutes....

December 30, 2020

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Ash emission continues at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Observations made on November 16, 2020, confirm that White Island volcano continues to emit volcanic ash with the steam and gas plume. Although the amounts of CO2 and SO2 gas have decreased, the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 since November 13. The Aviation...

November 17, 2020

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GeoNet raises Alert Level and Aviation Color Code for White Island volcano, New Zealand

Small amounts of volcanic ash are being carried in the stream and gas plume at White Island/Whakaari volcano in New Zealand and deposited on the island's webcams, GeoNet reported November 13, 2020. As a result, the Volcanic Alert Level has been raised to Level 2...

November 13, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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White Island crater lake growing, hydrothermal surface activity possible, New Zealand

The Crater Lake at White Island volcano in New Zealand continues to grow, which may cause hydrothermal surface activity, GeoNet Duty Volcanologist Brad Scott said Volcanic Alert Bulletin for White Island released July 4, 2018. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1....

July 04, 2018

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Crater lake at White Island (Whakaari) is in the process of reforming, New Zealand

The crater lake at White Island (Whakaari) in New Zealand is in the process of reforming, GeoNet's Duty Volcanologist Agnes Mazot said. Volcanic activity remains at a low level and is local to the crater lake site. The alert level remains at 1. Observations...

May 30, 2018

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White Island's Crater Lake reforming after recent cyclones, New Zealand

Activity at New Zealand's White Island remains quiet after a small earthquake swarm nearby. While there are no apparent changes in activity after the swarm, scientists noted the reappearance of a Crater Lake on the floor of the Active Crater area. GeoNet...

March 21, 2018

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Earthquake swarm near White Island unrelated to volcano, New Zealand

An earthquake swarm started near New Zealand's White Island volcano on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Over the next 3 days, GeoNet registered a total of 137 earthquakes, with the largest measuring M4.8 at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles). "It's a swarm of...

November 01, 2017

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White Island lake disappears, strong fumarole emissions, New Zealand

GNS volcanologists visited White Island late last week and confirmed that a large part of the gas is now being emitted from one ‘joint’ vent on the lava outcrop at the back of the crater. The joining of the vents has resulted in a stronger and noisier...

October 04, 2016


Level of volcanic activity at White Island volcano increased, alerts raised - New Zealand

The level of volcanic activity at New Zealand's White Island volcano has increased on September 13, 2016, with minor volcanic ash passively emitted from a vent on the 2012 lava dome. GNS has raised the Volcanic Alert Level from 1 to 3 (of 5). The Aviation Colour...

September 13, 2016


Minor eruption at White Island, alert level raised, New Zealand

A minor eruption occurred at New Zealand's White Island (Whaakari) about 09:50 UTC on April 27, 2016 (21:50 NZST), GeoNet reports. As a consequence of this activity, the Volcanic Alert Level was raised to Level 3 (out of 5 / Minor volcanic eruption) and lowered...

April 28, 2016


White Island Crater Lake drops 2 m, unrest continues, New Zealand

Over the last couple of weeks, GNS scientists have observed a fall of 2 meters (6.5 feet) in the water level of the Crater Lake at White Island (Whakaari), New Zealand. However, they have not noted any changes in other monitored parameters like the amount of...

April 27, 2016


Minor volcanic unrest still present at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Minor volcanic unrest continues for the White Island volcano, also known as Whakaari situated 48 km (30 miles) from the east coast of the North Island New Zealand, GeoNet Data Center reported on December 10, 2015. The amount of gas and the presence of volcanic...

December 11, 2015


Volcanic unrest at White Island volcano continues, New Zealand

GeoNet reported today that volcanic unrest continues at White Island volcano (Whakāri), New Zealand. Volcanic tremor levels have remained slightly elevated since the eruption on August 20, 2013. A further small energetic steam venting event occurred on

October 07, 2013

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White Island volcano erupts, sends plume of steam 4 km above sea level - New Zealand

The White Island volcano off the Bay of Plenty coast, New Zealand, had small eruption this morning sending a plume of steam into the air. GeoNet confirmed the volcano erupted in a brief episode of 10 minutes. The eruption started at 22:32 UTC on August

August 20, 2013


Minor activity re-established at White Island volcano, New Zealand

GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott reported today that minor activity has become re-established over the last 24 hours. The Volcano Alert Level remains at Level 1 and Aviation Color Code has been raised to Yellow. Following an increase in volcanic tremor

July 26, 2013


Small tremor bursts occurring like clockwork at White Island, New Zealand

Over the past few weeks White Island, New Zealand's most active volcano, has repeatedly produced very small volcanic earthquakes. These small tremor bursts are occurring like clockwork, approximately every 70 seconds, creating a unique pattern on our

July 11, 2013

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Volcano gas flights over New Zealand's volcanoes

Karen Britten flies over active volcanoes in New Zealand to measure the amount of volcanic gases being released into the atmosphere in tonnes per day. Nice video explaining work of volcanologist.Source:

March 12, 2013


White Island volcano, New Zealand - small scale explosive events, intermittent ash emissions

The usual style of activity at White Island, New Zealand changed over the past weekend: the active vent began producing ash. This activity ceased on Monday, February 25, 2013, and was replaced by steam and gas explosions from the active vent. GNS volcanologist Brad...

February 26, 2013


Increased volcanic activity worldwide in late January 2013

Kamchatka's volcanoes continued with ongoing eruptions. KVERT reports that there are currently seven active volcanoes (orange alert) - Kizimen, Karymski, Shiveluch and Plosky Tolbachik at orange level and Bezymianny, Gorely and Klyuchevskoy at yellow level....

January 23, 2013


New Zealand: Vigorous hydrothermal activity at White Island, Tongariro in heightened state of unrest

White Island - Vigorous hydrothermal activity reportedIn GeoNet's Volcanic Alert Bulletin issued on January 22, 2013 GNS Science Volcanologist Brad Scott writes his report after visiting White Island on January 21st to assess the increased level of volcanic

January 22, 2013

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Alert raised on Level 2 for New Zealand's White Island volcano

GNS Science volcanologists raised volcanic alert to Level 2 (minor eruptive activity) and the Aviation Color Code to Orange level (volcanic eruption is under way with no or minor ash emission) after discovering a spiny lava dome at White Island volcano in an existing

December 12, 2012

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Another New Zealand volcano showing signs of increased activity, White Island

An active volcano White Islands, New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty is showing signs of increased activity on August 2, 2012.The aviation alert level for White Island has been lifted now by GNS from green to yellow alert for pilots flying over and near the Bay of

August 02, 2012