Ruapehu volcano (North Island, New Zealand): lake temperature is cooling again
Mon, 4 May 2020, 06:5306:53 AM | BY: MARTIN
GeoNet reported that during February-April, Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) heated slowly to a peak temperature of 42ºC. Due to a heating-cooling cycle, there is a period of slow change before a cooling trend is clearly shown in the data. That trend is now confirmed with current temperatures close to 35ºC, with further slow cooling expected. Colour temperature is grey with a few surface slicks and no obvious upwelling. At that time the water level had dropped to about 30 cm below overflow but following this weekend's rain the lake is again overflowing into the upper Whangaehu River.
Crater Lake at Ruapehu volcano (image: @geonet/twitter)
The volcanic tremor intensity is weak, as it has been during the past month. After a peak of moderate strength in early March, the tremor declined slowly, almost in parallel to the lake's cooling trend.
The volcano is still a very active volcano with the potential of little or no warning.
Both the Volcanic Alert Level (level 1) and Aviation Code (Green) remain unchanged.
Source: GeoNet New Zealand volcano activity update 4 May 2020
Fri, 20 Mar 2020, 05:56
GNS Science Volcanologists have collected water samples from Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) and the temperature of the lake is now 40°C. GeoNet believe the heating of the lake is the response to an input of hot gases and hydrothermal fluids in the wake of volcanic earthquakes beneath Mt Ruapehu in February. Prior to the earthquakes, the lake measured 24ºC. ... Read all