White Island Large Eruption Imminent

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White Island, from Wikipedia

Three hours ago New Zealand’s GNS science issued a fresh alert for Whakaari or White Island, a volcano that lies a mere 30 miles off the north east coast of the North Island.

Increased volcanic activity has come at a time when New Zealand has been experiencing swarms of earthquakes, the strongest of which were two shallow quakes near to Whanganui in the North Island and Christchurch in the South Island both on Saturday (see details below) There have also been whale strandings in the last week or so (taken by some as a sign of increased seismic activity) including one on Paraparaumu Beach north west of the capital Wellington.

Recent strong earthquakes in New Zealand

  • Public Id: 2013p049577
  • NZDT: Saturday, January 19 2013 at 9:15:08 pm
  • Intensity: strong
  • Depth: 12 km
  • Magnitude: 4.6
  • Location: 15 km south-west of Christchurch
  • Public Id: 2013p049057
  • NZDT: Saturday, January 19 2013 at 4:37:55 pm
  • Intensity: strong
  • Depth: 9 km
  • Magnitude: 4.2
  • Location:  30 km south-west of Whanganui

THE GNS has published the volcanic alert bulletin on its website, saying

GNS volcanologist Brad Scott said “the hydrothermal activity is some of the most vigorous I have seen at White Island for many years. This type of activity usually leads to stronger volcanic activity and is a significant concern.” more here

According to a report on Stuff.co.nz Brad Scott said  “I don’t think I’ve seen anything this strong since the late 90s and 2000s. The activity then led to a large eruption in July, 2000.”

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Get Ready, Get Thru

If you are live in the Bay of Plenty we think it only prudent to be taking stock of your emergency supplies and disaster preparedness,  in the event that an ash fall event could affect the area.

It is wise to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Advice on what to do may be found here Get Ready Get Thru, GNS have said “The state of unrest at White Island is increasing and future eruptions are possible with little or no warning.”