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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Wellington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Ash plume from White Island today seen on Nasa's Suomi NPP satellite
Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016
A small eruption occurred this morning from the volcano. Weak ash emissions were seen from the vent of the volcano's 2012 lava dome in the central crater; the alert level was raised from 1 (green) to 3 (orange). ... [more]
 

White Island volcano

stratovolcano 321 m / 1,053 ft
New Zealand, -37.52°S / 177.18°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5)
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Last update: 14 Sep 2016
Typical eruption style: Explosive (in historic time: frequent small phreatic and phreatomagmatic eruptions)
White Island volcano eruptions: 2016, 2013, 2012, 2001, 1998-2000, 1998, 1995, 1986-94, 1983-84, 1976-82, 1974, 1971, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968-69, 1966-67, 1962, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1955, 1947, 1933, 1930, 1928, 1926, 1924, 1922, 1909, 1908 (?), 1886?,1886, 1885 (?), 1885, 1856 (?), 1836, 1826Inside the crater of White Island volcano
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sun, 24 Sep
Sun, 24 Sep 10:49 UTCM 2.0 / 5.5 km24 kmNew Zealand
Sat, 23 Sep
Sat, 23 Sep 09:33 UTCM 2.1 / 47.2 km29 kmNew Zealand
Sat, 23 Sep 00:33 UTCM 2.2 / 90.3 km29 kmNew Zealand
Sat, 23 Sep 00:33 UTCM 1.6 / 90.3 km30 kmNew Zealand
Fri, 22 Sep
Fri, 22 Sep 13:43 UTCM 2.6 / 111.9 km22 kmNew Zealand
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White Island in the Bay of Plenty ca. 50 km off the North Island's east coast is one of New Zealands most active volcanoes, well known for its spectacular crater with strong hydrothermal activity and sulphur deposits. It is part of the active Taupo volcanic zone and last erupted in 2001 (phreatic explosion).

Background:

Uninhabited 2 x 2.4 km White Island, one of New Zealand's most active volcanoes, is the emergent summit of a 16 x 18 km submarine volcano in the Bay of Plenty about 50 km offshore of North Island. The 321-m-high island consists of two overlapping andesitic-to-dacitic stratovolcanoes; the summit crater appears to be breached to the SE because the shoreline corresponds to the level of several notches in the SE crater wall. Volckner Rocks, four sea stacks that are remnants of a lava dome, lie 5 km NNE of White Island. Intermittent moderate phreatomagmatic and strombolian eruptions have occurred at White Island throughout the short historical period beginning in 1826, but its activity also forms a prominent part of Maori legends. Formation of many new vents during the 19th and 20th centuries has produced rapid changes in crater floor topography. Collapse of the crater wall in 1914 produced a debris avalanche that buried buildings and workers at a sulfur-mining project.
(Source: GVP)

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2012 eruption
A new phase of activity started on 5 August 2012, following an increase in seismic activity since July. The eruption consisted in weak ash emissions from a new vent in the Crater Lake. It is the first ash emission from White Island in 12 years. ...more
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