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White Island volcano
stratovolcano 321 m / 1,053 ft
New Zealand, -37.52°S / 177.18°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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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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White Island volcano (New Zealand) activity update: moderate volcanic unrest continues

Monday Nov 25, 2019 09:18 AM | BY: MARTIN

Gas emissions from White Island volcano today (image: GeoNet)
Gas emissions from White Island volcano today (image: GeoNet)
GeoNet recorded deep earthquake with magnitude M 5.9 that occurred beneath eastern Bay of Plenty on Sunday 24 November. There has been no change in activity at the volcano after this event.
Gas emissions continue to be high to moderate in the last week since 18 November and volcanic tremor remains at moderate levels. There have been few earthquakes near the island.
The crater lake level has not changed for the last week, and gas-driven fountaining activity continues to be observed around the active vents on the west side of the crater floor. This fountaining is regularly throwing mud a few metres into the air at the vent but at current levels does not pose a hazard to visitors.
Overall, the monitored parameters continue to be in the expected range for moderate volcanic unrest and associated hazards. The monitoring observations are similar to those seen in the more active 2011—2016 period and suggest that Whakaari/White Island may be entering a period where eruptive activity is more likely than normal.
Source: GeoNet New Zealand volcano activity update 25 November 2019
Previous news
White plumes from White Island volcano (image: Sentinel 2)
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show further increases in activity. Hazards on the island are now greater than during the past few weeks and the Volcanic Alert Level is raised to Level 2. ... [more]
Thursday, Oct 31, 2019
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. ... [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]

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