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White Island volcano (New Zealand) activity update: moderate volcanic unrest continues

Mon, 25 Nov 2019, 09:18
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

Wed, 20 Nov 2019, 06:00
GeoNet reported that gas emissions at White Island were at moderate-to-high levels during 18-25 November and tremor was at moderate levels. Gas-driven fountaining from active vents on the W side of the crater floor ejected mud a few meters in the air. The Volcanic Alert Level remained at 2 and the Aviation Color Code remained at Yellow. ... Read all
Tue, 19 Nov 2019, 10:12
White plumes from White Island volcano (image: Sentinel 2)
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. ... Read all
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