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People in the Bay of Plenty, and visitors to our volcano cameras page may have spotted an almost continuous steam and gas plume from Whakaari/White Island recently.


Due to good weather for observations since Wednesday 10th July we have observed a continuous moderate gas and steam plume rising from Whakaari/White Island. The plume is being emitted from an enlarged vent on the crater floor. Minor amounts of ash were observed intermittently in the vent during a gas flight, but this is not considered to constitute new eruptive activity. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 (moderate to heightened unrest) and the Aviation Colour Code remains Yellow.


While most of Aotearoa New Zealand are familiar with the natural hazards that can cause severe damage and disruption across our nation. Some less familiar hazards you may have noticed in the media recently are space weather, solar tsunamis, and solar storms. So, what exactly are we talking about and what part does GNS Science play in preparing New Zealand for this natural hazard?


Since Wednesday 3rd July we have observed a more vigorous steam and gas plume rising from Whakaari / White Island. Calm and cool weather conditions offshore Bay of Plenty has allowed for very clear views of this activity for many from the coast. No clear eruptive activity has been observed at Whakaari/White Island since Saturday 25th May. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 (moderate to heightened unrest) and the Aviation Colour Code remains Yellow.


It’s the school holidays and we know many grown-ups will be busy answering questions from their curious young ones. To help you out, we have some fun geohazard quizzes, facts, and videos, to keep the whole family amused.


With new and emerging technologies there are many ways we can now remotely monitor volcanoes; however, some areas still require us to visit to take samples at volcanos to create the full picture of volcanic activity.


Welcome, haere mai to another GeoNet Data Blog. Today’s blog is about numbers of earthquakes versus felt earthquakes, and when we publish social media and new stories about earthquakes.


The weaving together of different knowledge strands, Mātauranga Māori and western science, strengthens our understanding of our whenua (land) and supports conversations on how we can be better prepared for natural hazard events, such as an Alpine Fault earthquake, together.


This weekend's earthquakes were within the expected behavior for the 2010 Canterbury aftershock sequence.


Our shaking images help you select the appropriate shaking level when completing an earthquake felt report. We are giving these illustrations a refresh and would love your feedback on what we have come up with.