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Updated: Sep 27, 2021 05:15 GMT

Ruapehu volcano (New Zealand): increased volcanic tremor

Mon, 7 Nov 2016, 15:23
15:23 PM | BY: T
Tremor spectrum and amplitude at Ruapehu volcano (GeoNet)
Tremor spectrum and amplitude at Ruapehu volcano (GeoNet)
Volcanic tremor (which is normally present at the volcano) has increased a notch since mid October, but not enough to trigger a raise in alert status of the volcano (which remains at level 1). New Zealand's GNS Science issued a note but does not expect the volcano to erupt soon.
The temperature of the crater lake had again been rising since early September, reaching a maximum of 40ºC on 4 October.

From the original report:
"An increase in the strength of volcanic tremor began on October 18, where a sharp increase was noted before the energy declined a day later. Subsequent tremor increases occurred again on October 25 and 28, and currently remains higher than normal. These tremor pulses do not appear to be related to any variation in the lake temperature. Our records show that similar periods of increased volcanic tremor were present May-June 2016, again when the lake temperature was high. Importantly, no eruptive activity or geysering was noted in Crater Lake during the previous periods of volcanic tremor.

Weather conditions have not been ideal for mountain observations. Nevertheless, our scientists will be visiting the lake to collect water samples for further analysis and making a gas flight when the weather conditions improve.

The active crater at Mt Ruapehu is occupied by Crater Lake and it displays temperatures that typically range between about 15 and 40°C and the phases can last between about 9 and 20 months. The lake cooled to a minimum of 12°C in mid-August and then remained at 13-14°C until early September when it started to heat again and reached a peak of 39.8°C on October 4.

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project. The Volcanic Alert Level for Mt Ruapehu remains at Level 1 (minor volcanic unrest) and the Aviation Colour Code also remains unchanged at Green. The Volcanic Alert Level ranges from 0 to 5 and defines the current status at a volcano. Aviation Colour Codes are based on four colours and are intended for reference only in the international civil aviation community."

Previous news

Fri, 9 Sep 2016, 23:02
Ruapehu's crater lake in August 2016 (image: Geonet)
After reaching record-low temperatures in August, the volcano's closely-monitored crater lake has started to heat up very quickly since 2 September, Geonet reported. ... Read all
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