Minor Eruptive Volcanic activity observed at White Island (Whakaari): Volcanic Alert Level raised to Level 3

Published: Tue Sep 13 2016 12:50 PM

Volcanic Alert BulletinWI 2016/08
Tue Sep 13 2016 12:50 PM; White Island Volcano
Volcanic Alert Level is raised to 3
Aviation Colour Code is raised to Orange

The level of volcanic activity at White Island has increased late this morning with minor volcanic ash been passively emitted from a vent on the 2012 lava dome. A report from the island at 11.50h has confirmed the ash emission.

The Volcanic Alert Level is now raised to Level 3, from Level 1.

The Aviation Colour Code is changed from Green to Orange.

The current activity is minor. We are unsure of the implications for visitor safety and will be issuing a further VAB later this afternoon (3 pm).

Steve Sherburn Duty Volcanologist

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