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White Island volcano
stratovolcano 321 m / 1,053 ft
New Zealand, -37.52°S / 177.18°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) White Island volcano eruptions:
2019, 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, 1826
Typical eruption style:
Explosive (in historic time: frequent small phreatic and phreatomagmatic eruptions)

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Latest news & updates from White Island

White Island volcano (New Zealand): series of steam explosions

Wed, 30 Dec 2020, 09:50
09:50 AM | BY: MARTIN
Ongoing steam emissions at White Island volcano today (image: GeoNet)
Ongoing steam emissions at White Island volcano today (image: GeoNet)
A series of minor steam explosions from the active vent occurred at the volcano at about 15:00 local time yesterday detected by seismic instruments as the volcano observatory GeoNet reported.
Ash was not detected identified in Metservice satellite data, but minor traces of ash might have been present near the vent for a few minutes during the steam explosions.
The seismic tremor has increased above the previous average levels in the previous two days, but has since dropped back down to background levels.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions remain unchanged.
The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1 and the Aviation Colour Code remains at Green.
Source: GeoNet New Zealand volcano activity update 30 December 2020

Previous news

Mon, 7 Dec 2020, 08:27
Gas emissions from White Island volcano today (image: GeoNet)
The alert level for the volcano was lowered to "green", as an observation flight on 2 December confirmed that ash emissions from the volcano has now stopped. ... read all
Wed, 2 Dec 2020, 09:07
Low-level gas plumes at White Island volcano today (image: GeoNet)
Based on camera footage, aerial observations and gas measurement flights, the amount of ash in the plume appears to have diminished over the last week and is no longer present in the near-persistent steam and gas plume as GeoNet reported. Over the past three weeks, ash has been emitted from the main vent at the back of the lake at Whakaari/White Island. This is consistent with the lack of ash being detected on recent MetService satellite images. The plume is now back to its light colour, composed of steam and volcanic gas, with little to no ash. ... read all

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