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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): weekly volcanic activity report 18-24 Dec 2019

Saturday Dec 28, 2019 14:23 PM | BY: MARTIN

Steam plume rising from White Island (image: Geonet webcam)
Steam plume rising from White Island (image: Geonet webcam)
GeoNet reported that during 18-23 December the level of volcanic tremor at the volcano remained low and gas-and-steam plumes were strongly emitted from the new vent area.
The highest temperature emissions were more than 650 degrees Celsius measured during an overflight on 19 December.
GeoNet measured about 1,300 tons/day of sulfur dioxide, slightly lower than 12 December measurements of about 1,730 tons/day.
A small part of the SW slope of the 1914 landslide (inside the crater rim and opposite the former viewing area) had collapsed into the crater lake and active vent area, leaving a scarp 12 m high.
Source: Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 18-24 Dec 2019
Previous news
Seismic trace of the WIZ station on White Island (image: Geonet)
Friday, Dec 13, 2019
No new eruption occurred during the recent phase of intense tremor, which has again declined. However, this could change quickly again and the official Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2. [more]
Steam plume rising from White Island (image: Geonet webcam)
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019
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. ... [more]
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]

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