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Earthquake swarm under Lake Taupō

The GeoNet earthquake monitoring network has recorded a small swarm of earthquakes at Lake Taupō over the last 2-3 weeks.

2 days ago

Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Volcanic tremor at Mt Ruapehu lowers from strong to moderate: Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

Volcanic tremor continues at Mt Ruapehu but has decreased since last week, lowering from strong to moderate levels. The Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) temperature has also declined to 37°C. The levels of gas emission remain high, indicating that the volcano is still at a heightened level of unrest. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2.

5 days ago

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Video update #2 on recent activity at Mt Ruapehu

GNS Science Senior Volcanologist Geoff Kilgour gives an update on current volcanic activity at Mt Ruapehu, and what future activity at the volcano might look like.

Last week

Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Heightened volcanic unrest continues at Mt Ruapehu with volcanic gas output, strong tremor and steam plumes: Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

High levels of volcanic gas emissions and strong volcanic tremor continue at Mt Ruapehu. The Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) temperature has risen to 41°C and steam plumes can be observed in cold, still atmospheric conditions. The volcano is still at a heightened level of unrest. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2, with greater chances of eruption over the next four weeks than at Volcanic Alert Level 1.

Last week

Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island: Minor volcanic unrest continues. Volcanic Alert Level remains Level 1

Monitoring data and the results from an observation flight confirm volcanic unrest remains at low level at Whakaari/White Island. The Volcanic Alert Level for Whakaari/White Island remains at Level 1. The Aviation Colour Code also remains at Green.

Last week

Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Steam plume visible at Mt Ruapehu, volcanic unrest continues: Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

Earlier this morning, a steam plume was visible above Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe). The first sign of the plume occurred at ~09:45 am and it ascended slowly to ~1 to 1.5 km above the summit area. The plume remained visible until around 10.30 am. Images of the plume indicate that atmospheric conditions favoured cloud formation, as cloud was also forming elsewhere around the volcano. The plume was seen widely around the volcano.

2 weeks ago

Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Volcanic unrest continues at Mt Ruapehu marked by increased volcanic gas output and strong volcanic tremor: Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

Recent airborne gas measurements confirm continued high levels of volcanic gas emissions, along with strong volcanic tremor. Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) temperature has risen to 38°C. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

2 weeks ago

Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Mt Ruapehu strong volcanic tremor continues. Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

Elevated volcanic unrest continues at Mt Ruapehu, dominated by strong volcanic tremor. The Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) temperature remains stable at 37°C. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

3 weeks ago

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Preparedness is the key to success

We cannot predict when an earthquake will happen, but we can prepare for them. The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has encouraged New Zealanders to do just that with its award-winning ad campaign After Quake ‘Double Take’

Last month

Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Mt Ruapehu strong volcanic tremor continues. Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

Elevated volcanic unrest continues at Mt Ruapehu, with strong volcanic tremor and the Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) temperature now stabilised at 37°C for the past week. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

Last month