Volcanic Alert Bulletins

Volcano Alert Bulletins (VABs) are New Zealand's official source of volcano status information including the current Volcanic Alert Level (VAL). They are issued on an as needed basis summarising the volcano status and recent events. They can indicate if activity is increasing, decreasing, or in a steady state. They may contain forecasts, highlight developing, or expected problems.
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Whakaari/White Island eruption: an update

An eruption occurred at ~14:11 local time as an impulsive, shortlived event and affected the crater floor. Activity appears to have diminished since the eruption.

6 hours ago

Eruption occurred at White Island

An eruption has just occurred at White Island. More information to follow shortly

7 hours ago

Whakaari/White Island: Moderate volcanic unrest continues

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island, with substantial gas, steam and mud bursts observed at the vent located at the back of the crater lake. Other monitoring parameters remain elevated and the Volcanic Alert Level stays at Level 2.

6 days ago

Whakaari/White Island: Moderate volcanic unrest continues

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island, but no new changes are observed in the monitored parameters. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2.

2 weeks ago

Whakaari/White Island: Background activity increases further

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show further increases in activity. Hazards on the island are now greater than during the past few weeks, and the Volcanic Alert Level is raised to Level 2.

3 weeks ago

Whakaari/White Island: Background activity increases

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show an increase in activity, with a level of uncertainty about what this means. Hazards on the island remain unchanged and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.

Last month

Whakaari/White Island steam-driven activity increases

Small, muddy, geyser-like explosions are occurring in the active crater at Whakaari/White Island due to a rising crater lake drowning the active vents. This geysering poses no risk to visitors. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1.

2 months ago

Mt Ruapehu crater lake (Te Wai ā-moe) is in a new heating cycle

The temperature of Mt Ruapehu’s summit lake Te Wai ā-moe is slowly rising, but no other changes in monitored parameters have been observed.

3 months ago

Whakaari/White Island Volcanic Alert Level lowered to 1

Whakaari/White Island shows lower level of gas emissions and the Volcanic Alert Level is lowered to 1.

5 months ago

Whakaari/White Island Volcanic Alert Level raised to Level 2.

Whakaari/White Island is experiencing moderate volcanic unrest and the Volcanic Alert Level is raised to Level 2.

5 months ago