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.
Whakaari/White Island is experiencing moderate volcanic unrest and the Volcanic Alert Level is raised to Level 2.
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.
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.
Another earthquake swarm started near Whakaari/White Island at around 4 am Thursday morning, 20 June 2019.
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.
A team of our landslide experts travelled to a landslide that has dammed the small Kaiwhata River in Wairarapa this week.
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.
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 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.