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 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

New earthquake swarm at Whakaari/White Island

Another earthquake swarm started near Whakaari/White Island at around 4 am Thursday morning, 20 June 2019.

3 months ago

Earthquake activity near Whakaari/White Island decreases

The earthquake swarm near Whakaari/White Island which started May 23 continues but has decreased in intensity and numbers. The swarm has not resulted in any increase in volcanic activity or landsliding on island.

4 months ago

Local earthquake swarm near Whakaari/White Island

A local earthquake swarm near Whakaari/White Island started on Thursday. Over the past 24 hours the rate and magnitude of earthquakes has increased. The swarm does not appear to be linked to volcanic unrest but may result in increased landslide risk on island.

4 months ago

Whakaari/White Island crater lake level drops and is unlikely to overflow

As at April 13, 2019 the crater lake is about 13 metres below overflow, which is 2 metres lower than the peak level reached earlier this year in January.

6 months ago

White Island (Whakaari): Rising Crater Lake may cause hydrothermal surface activity

The Crater Lake at White Island continues to grow, which may cause hydrothermal surface activity. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1.

Last year

White Island (Whakaari): Lake level rises

Observations during visits to White Island and from the web cameras confirm that the crater lake is starting to reform and volcanic activity remains at low levels.

Last year

White Island (Whakaari): Volcano remains quiet, moderate gas emissions

Observations during visits to White Island over the last 3-4 months confirm that activity remains at low levels. Activity is confined to the gas rich vents on the western side of the active crater. Hot, clear gas continues to be emitted. Some water has ponded on the floor of the active crater but no permanent lake has reformed. The seismic and acoustic activity generally remain low, and the SO2 gas flux is slowly declining.

2 years ago