Minor Eruptive Volcanic Activity Observed at White Island (Whakaari): Update

Published: Tue Sep 13 2016 3:15 PM

Volcanic Alert BulletinWI 2016/09
2016-09-13 15:15:00 +1200 +1200; White Island Volcano
Volcanic Alert Level remains at 3
Aviation Colour Code remains Orange

As far we can tell from our monitoring data there has been no escalation in the level of activity at White Island since late morning. Seismic activity remains low on the island. Some of our cameras are now been affected by ash and steam, so we may not see much from them in the short term.

The level of volcanic activity seen earlier today was very minor, with volcanic ash been passively emitted from a vent on the 2012 lava dome.

The ash is visible on a NZ Metservice visible satellite image, which shows a plume extending offshore of East Cape. Any ash fall will follow wind direction and is likely to be blown offshore over the next day.

The current activity is minor. We will review the situation in the morning unless changes occur overnight. Implications for visitor safety remain unclear.

Ash plume as seen in NZ Metservice image

Ash plume as seen in NZ Metservice image

Ash plume as seen from north side of island

Ash plume as seen from north side of island

Ash plume as seen from south side of island

Ash plume as seen from south side of island

Steve Sherburn Duty Volcanologist

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