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White Island volcano (New Zealand): flight observations, activity remains elevated
Tuesday Feb 04, 2020 11:16 AM | BY: MARTIN
White steam plume from White Island´s crater today (image: GeoNet)GeoNet did a visual observation and gas flights last week and confirm no further extrusions of lava has occurred. Gas fluxes are lower than two weeks ago but remain elevated.
No explosive eruptive activity has been detected or observed since the 9 December 2019 eruption.
The temperatures associated with the lava extrusions remain very hot (greater than 550-570°C). Aerial observations confirm no changes to the crater vent area, the receding lake, or lava extrusion.
An explosive eruption from the active vent area remains possible and could occur with no precursory activity. This style of eruption could be driven by the collapse of unstable material around the vents, or by a marked decrease in gas emissions allowing water from geothermal system to enter the active hot gas vents.
Satellite data recorded continued land movement of the back crater wall since 1914.
Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.
Source: GeoNet New Zealand volcano activity update 4 February 2020
Thursday, Jan 09, 2020
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. ... [more]
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]
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]
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]
White Island volcano (New Zealand) activity update: Significant increase in seismic tremor, police investigation
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]