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White Island volcano (New Zealand) activity update: amount of SO2 gas and level of volcanic tremor are at the highest level since 2016
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.
Thu, 31 Oct 2019, 10:4110:41 AM | BY: MARTIN
GeoNet observed over the last several months a change in the amount of SO2 gas output and level of volcanic tremor. Both show an increasing trend and are at the highest level since 2016. Volcanic tremor can occur for many reasons, including the movement of gas through the volcano, changes in the geothermal system and even surface activity (geysering or ash emissions).
The crater lake level has been rising since early August. The rising lake level has impacted the surface activity around the active vents on the west side of the crater floor, and geysering type activity has been observed in this area.
Other recent measurements made on the island (soil gas, fumarole and water chemistry, ground deformation, magnetics, visual images from the web cameras, and earthquake activity) show no significant changes.
Hazards on the island remain unchanged and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.
Source: GeoNet New Zealand volcano activity update 30 October 2019
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