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Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island eruption: an update

An eruption occurred at ~14:11 local time as an impulsive, shortlived event and affected the crater floor. Activity appears to have diminished since the eruption.

7 hours ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Eruption occurred at White Island

An eruption has just occurred at White Island. More information to follow shortly

9 hours ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island: Moderate volcanic unrest continues

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island, with substantial gas, steam and mud bursts observed at the vent located at the back of the crater lake. Other monitoring parameters remain elevated and the Volcanic Alert Level stays at Level 2.

6 days ago

Explosions, rockets and lightning: just another day at the NGMC

In the second of our behind-the-scenes series looking at the National Geohazards Monitoring Centre (NGMC) in the lead up to its one-year anniversary in December, we have a look at some interesting non-earthquake events the Geohazard Analysts have picked up

Last week

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island: Moderate volcanic unrest continues

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island, but no new changes are observed in the monitored parameters. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

2 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island: Background activity increases further

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show further increases in activity. Hazards on the island are now greater than during the past few weeks, and the Volcanic Alert Level is raised to Level 2.

3 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island: Background activity increases

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show an increase in activity, with a level of uncertainty about what this means. Hazards on the island remain unchanged and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.

Last month

National Geohazards Monitoring Centre – Behind the screens

In the first of our behind-the-scenes series looking at the National Geohazards Monitoring Centre in the lead up to its one-year anniversary in December, we get to know three of the Centre’s Geohazard Analysts.

2 months ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island steam-driven activity increases

Small, muddy, geyser-like explosions are occurring in the active crater at Whakaari/White Island due to a rising crater lake drowning the active vents. This geysering poses no risk to visitors. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.

2 months ago

What is a Volcanic Alert Level?

GeoNet keeps a close eye on all active volcanoes in New Zealand (and the Kermadecs). To help us do this we have the New Zealand Volcanic Alert Level System, which defines the current level of activity at each volcano.

2 months ago