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White Island volcano
stratovolcano 321 m / 1,053 ft
New Zealand, -37.52°S / 177.18°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 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): elevated activity of the volcano continues

Thursday Jan 09, 2020 09:35 AM | BY: MARTIN

Steam plume rising from White Island (image: GeoNet )
Steam plume rising from White Island (image: GeoNet )
GeoNet recorded strong and hot emissions of gases and steam plumes that occured and continue since 9 December, causing a glow that is seen on infrared cameras. Occasional minor ash emissions can be emitted from the active vent due to erosion.
Seismicity remains at low level with periods of low amplitude tremor.
Satellite data recorded continued land movement of the back crater wall since 1914.
No eruptive activity has been observed since 9 December and is very unlikely (1-2 %) in the next four weeks.
Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.
Source: GeoNet New Zealand volcano activity update 9 January 2020
Previous news
Steam plume rising from White Island (image: Geonet webcam)
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019
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. ... [more]
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]

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