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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: Significant increase in seismic tremor, police investigation

Wednesday Dec 11, 2019 01:22 AM | BY: MJFLEGEND

The increase is very obvious. Credit: GeoNet
The increase is very obvious. Credit: GeoNet
The latest update reports a strong, sustained increase in seismic tremor beginning around 04:00 NZDT Wednesday (15:00 UTC Tuesday), indicating that the system remains under pressure. This is accompanied by energetic steaming and mud jetting.

The threat of further explosions persists; the island is still in a dangerous state. The volcano remains at Alert Level 3 and Aviation Colour Code Orange.

Thoughts go out to the families of those tragically killed; the survivors with serious injuries; the rescuers who bravely and selflessly risked their own lives to save others; and to the scientists at GeoNet for their dedication to their vital work.

Also, a police investigation is underway regarding the fact that tour operators continued to allow people onto the island after the Alert Level was raised last month. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said in Parliament that questions must be asked and answered.
Links / Sources:
  • GeoNet: Today's GeoNet bulletin
  • BBC: News article regarding the recent events
Previous news
Monday, Dec 09, 2019
With as many as 27 people still unaccounted for following this mornings explosive phreatic eruption of White Island that left 5 dead, it is unclear whether activity is likely to persist. ... [more]
Seismic trace of the eruption at White Island earlier today (image: Geonet)
Monday, Dec 09, 2019
Following the period of elevated unrest in the past weeks, a short-lived, but quite energetic eruption occurred at the volcano earlier today at 14:11 local time. Unfortunately, several tourists present near the crater area where the explosion occurred were killed and injured by the event. ... [more]
Gas emissions from White Island volcano today (image: GeoNet)
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
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. ... [more]
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]

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