Published: Mon Jul 3 2006 3:30 PM
3 July 2006, 3:30 pm - Update on activity and observations at Ngauruhoe
Seismic activity at Ngauruhoe remains elevated. Measurements of temperature and volcanic gas concentrations at the summit area remain normal. We have no evidence that an eruption of Ngauruhoe is imminent, but will continue to monitor Ngauruhoe closely.
The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.
Since our last update three weeks ago the number of volcanic earthquakes recorded near Ngauruhoe has varied between approximately 20 and 40 per day. This level remains significantly above that normally recorded in this area. Using data from additional seismographs installed around Ngauruhoe we have been able to refine the location of the earthquakes to within about 1 km of the surface beneath the northern flank of Ngauruhoe. The largest earthquakes are approximately magnitude one.
Measurements of volcanic gas concentrations and temperatures made at the summit area of Ngauruhoe on 26 June were both normal, and show no significant changes from those made on 8 June and in 2003. The maximum fumarole temperature near the summit was 85°C.
We have recorded no other signs of unrest at Ngauruhoe. We have no evidence that an eruption of Ngauruhoe is imminent.
We will continue to operate the additional seismographs to help refine earthquake locations and measure volcanic gas concentrations and fumarole temperatures. We will monitor Ngauruhoe closely and will release updated information as it is available.