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Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Ash emission continues at Whakaari/White Island. Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

Observations made yesterday confirm that Whakaari/White Island continues to emit volcanic ash with the steam and gas plume. The amounts of CO2 and SO2 gas have decreased. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

2 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Minor ash emission at Whakaari/White Island. Volcanic Alert Level raised to Level 2.

New observations show small amounts of volcanic ash being carried in the steam and gas plume at Whakaari/White Island and deposited on the island’s webcams. The Volcanic Alert Level is now raised to Level 2.

3 weeks ago

How do you know a tsunami is coming? And what should you do?

In our second story for World Tsunami Awareness Day we take a look at how we know a tsunami is coming, monitoring tools, and how you can be prepared.

4 weeks ago

Today is World Tsunami Awareness Day

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day to promote a global culture of tsunami awareness. To mark this day, we will take a glance at Aotearoa’s history of tsunami and what causes them.

4 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Mt Ruapehu crater lake temperature is now rising; volcanic activity remains at low level.

Recent data and observations from Mt Ruapehu crater lake (Te Wai ā-moe) indicates that the lake temperature is now rising and currently around 22°C. Volcanic activity at Mt Ruapehu remains low and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.

4 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Mt Ruapehu status update: Minor volcanic unrest continues while Crater Lake temperature is low. Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.

New observations from a Crater Lake visit along with results from recent gas measurement flights indicate volcanic activity at Ruapehu remains low. Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) cooled to ~12°C in late September and is currently around 15°C. Recent monitoring observations indicate volcanic gas is passing into the lake. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.

2 months ago

A Decade on: Canterbury Aftershocks

Prior to the 2010 Darfield earthquake Canterbury was a moderately quiet seismic region of New Zealand. Since then, it has been lit up by earthquakes. So why are earthquakes in Canterbury still happening?

2 months ago

Remembering the Ruapehu eruptions – 25 years on

This September marks 25 years since the start of the 1995-1996 Mt Ruapehu volcanic eruptions.

3 months ago

Ten year anniversary of Darfield earthquake

Ten years ago, today, Cantabrians were jolted awake by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.

3 months ago

St Arnaud quake widely felt across central NZ

GeoNet registered more than 25,000 felt reports after a M5.7 quake near St Arnaud at 10.13pm on Thursday 3 September.

3 months ago