Minor Volcanic Eruption at Whakaari/White Island

Published: Fri May 24 2024 10:55 AM
Volcanic Activity Bulletin
Volcanic Activity Bulletin WI – 2024/03
Fri May 24 2024 10:45 AM; Whakaari/White Island Volcano
Volcanic Alert Level is raised to 3
Aviation Colour Code is raised to Orange

A minor eruption occurred at Whakaari/White Island at approximately 08:20 am NZST today (May 24). The Volcanic Alert Level has been increased to 3.

A minor volcanic eruption occurred this morning at Whakaari/White Island which was observed as a vigorous steam plume above the island at 8:20 am NZST. As we have no sensors on the island we are relying on webcams and satellite imagery to assess the situation. Based on our limited information there were no clear indications of ash in the plume and if there was it would be unlikely to reach the mainland under current wind conditions.

The steam plume above the island has now reverted to more normal levels.

GNS Science volcanologists are monitoring the volcano and further information will be released as soon as it is available. As that information becomes available, we may change the Volcanic Alert Level to more accurately reflect the current situation.

For more information about current monitoring at Whakaari White Island see here.

Volcano Monitoring Group

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