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An update on Whakaari/White Island

On 26 June the Volcanic Alert Level of Whakaari/White Island moved from level 1 to 2. Here, we answer some questions about this change and what we currently know about Whakaari.

40 minutes ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island Volcanic Alert Level raised to Level 2.

Whakaari/White Island is experiencing moderate volcanic unrest and the Volcanic Alert Level is raised to Level 2.

20 hours ago

Update on landslide dam at Kaiwhata River

Earlier this month, our landslide team travelled to Kaiwhata River in Wairarapa where a landslide had dammed the river causing a sizeable lake to form. The dam has since failed and around 1,100,000m3 of water flowed downstream over a couple of hours.

2 days ago

Earthquakes in the Kermadecs – what you need to know

The Kermadec Islands region north of New Zealand is quite a seismically active place. Here’s more information about quakes in this region and what it means for you.

6 days ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
New earthquake swarm at Whakaari/White Island

Another earthquake swarm started near Whakaari/White Island at around 4 am Thursday morning, 20 June 2019.

Last week

Remembering the M7.8 Buller/Murchison Earthquake, 90 years on

On Monday 17 June, 1929 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Murchison at 10:17AM. The earthquake was felt all over New Zealand and its massive rumbling was heard as far away as New Plymouth.

Last week

Landslide dam at Kaiwhata River

A team of our landslide experts travelled to a landslide that has dammed the small Kaiwhata River in Wairarapa this week.

2 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Earthquake activity near Whakaari/White Island decreases

The earthquake swarm near Whakaari/White Island which started May 23 continues but has decreased in intensity and numbers. The swarm has not resulted in any increase in volcanic activity or landsliding on island.

3 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Local earthquake swarm near Whakaari/White Island

A local earthquake swarm near Whakaari/White Island started on Thursday. Over the past 24 hours the rate and magnitude of earthquakes has increased. The swarm does not appear to be linked to volcanic unrest but may result in increased landslide risk on island.

Last month

Last night’s M5.1 quake off the east coast of the North Island

Last night’s M5.1 quake off the east coast of the North Island in the subducting Pacific Plate was similar to past earthquakes in this area.

Last month