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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A new heating cycle begins at Mt Ruapehu

Te Wai ā-moe (Crater Lake) temperature at Mt Ruapehu is rising along with an increase in volcanic tremor. This is consistent with minor volcanic unrest behaviour. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1.

8 months ago

Minor seismic sequence over at Mt Ruapehu

The episode of volcanic earthquakes beneath Mt Ruapehu has ended, and observations and models indicate the heating phase of the Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) has likewise ended.

10 months ago

Slight increase in seismic activity at Mt Ruapehu

An episode of volcanic earthquakes is occurring beneath Mt Ruapehu since 15 March. This is a common observation during a heating phase of the crater lake (Te Wai ā-moe).

11 months ago

Gas emission at Mt Ruapehu returns to normal

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) gas emission rates at Mt Ruapehu have returned to a more normal level. The period of slightly higher volcanic unrest appears to have ended. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1.

Last year

Slight changes in water and gas composition of the Crater Lake (Te Wai Ā-Moe) at Mt Ruapehu

Measured changes in Crater Lake water and gas composition confirm the slightly elevated level of activity at Mt Ruapehu. The lake temperature (37ºC) and the level of seismic tremor remain unchanged. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1.

Last year

High volcanic gas emission and Crater Lake (Te Wai Ā-Moe) temperature at Mt Ruapehu

An increase in volcanic gas emissions and sustained high lake temperature suggest a slightly higher level of activity at Mt Ruapehu. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1.

Last year

Mt Ruapehu: Seismic activity increases after lake temperature peaks.

Since early September, Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake had been heating at a rate of around 1°C per day, reaching a maximum of 40ºC on October 4. The lake temperature has cooled slightly since then and is now hovering around 37°C. After October 18, the level of volcanic tremor under Mt Ruapehu increased in strength. Volcanic tremor is always present at Mt Ruapehu, however the level can vary.

2 years ago

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake: Steam plumes as lake heats

This morning, steam plumes have been visible above Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake. The lake temperature is now 37 ºC as part of a heating episode that began around 2-3 September 2016. No seismic or acoustic activity has been recorded this morning, indicating the steam plume was not generated by activity in the lake. The Volcanic Alert Level for Mt Ruapehu remains at Level 1 (minor volcanic unrest) and the Aviation Colour Code also remains unchanged at Green.

2 years ago

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake is now cool, volcanic unrest still low

Last week a Crater Lake sampling and gas flight were completed by GeoNet staff at Mt Ruapehu. Observations and data from these activities confirm the Crater Lake is still cooling, but at a slower rate and there is volcanic gas passing through the lake.

2 years ago

Volcanic Alert Level lowered to Level 1 for Mt Ruapehu

The moderate to high level of volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu is no longer present and the Volcanic Alert Level is now lowered to Volcanic Alert Level 1 (minor volcanic unrest). The gas emissions decreased and the level of volcanic tremor has also declined. The temperature of the summit Crater Lake has declined from 46 ºC (11 May) and is now at 23 ºC. The Aviation Colour Code is also changed, going from Yellow to Green.

2 years ago