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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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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
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Explosive (in historic time: frequent small phreatic and phreatomagmatic eruptions)
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White Island volcano (New Zealand): elevated activity, risk of further eruptions remains high

Thursday Dec 12, 2019 09:02 AM | BY: T

Steam plume rising from White Island (image: Geonet webcam)
Steam plume rising from White Island (image: Geonet webcam)
Current tremor intensity and spectrum (image: Geonet)
Current tremor intensity and spectrum (image: Geonet)
The activity at the volcano remains elevated, with high levels of volcanic tremor indicating internal fluid movements and instability. However, no further eruptions have occurred since the fatal one on Monday 9 Dec.
According to Geonet, who monitor the volcano closely, "there is a medium likelihood (50-60%) of future eruptive activity in the next 24 hours. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2."

The following is the official information from the latest update published by Geonet a few hours ago:
"Since the eruption on Monday, there has been no further eruptive activity. In the last few hours, volcanic tremor has decreased but it is still very high compared to normal levels. Vigorous steam and mud bursts continue from the active vent area.
The combined interpretation of our data is that magma is degassing at shallow depths and the situation remains highly volatile.
Another gas flight was completed today, and the data is currently being analysed to support our ongoing understanding of the volcano.
There is still a medium likelihood (50-60%) of eruptive activity in the next 24 hours. We have updated the eruption probability table.
There is an extremely low likelihood of any potential ash affecting the mainland, but people may smell gas, depending on the prevailing wind direction."
Previous news
The increase is very obvious. Credit: GeoNet
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019
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. ... [more]
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]

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