White Island Large Eruption Imminent

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…

Mount Tongariro Erupts, Ash Cloud Heading East – updated

The North Island’s Mount Tongariro (Mount Doom of the Lord of the Rings movies) has erupted and an ash cloud is headed east. Ash deposits were later found to contain Fluorine which is  toxic and often used in pesticides (including 1080: Sodium monofluoroacetate) If further falls of greater than 2 mm (0.08 of an inch) are…

Ash Cloud Grounds Flights To New Zealand

22 trans Tasman flights have been grounded after volcanic ash from Chile’s Puyehue volcano reached New Zealand. The ash falls come months before the start of the rugby world cup, which will be hosted in New Zealand this September. The Australian reported on the cancellations, saying QANTAS has cancelled 22 flights to and from New…

Real-Time Eruption Warning For Mount Ruapehu

An yellow alert was recently issued to aviation following increased signs of activity at Mount Ruapehu – one of New Zealand’s active volcanoes. Read “Mount Ruapehu Heating Up” Today a press release was issued by Massey University in which it was revealed that a real-time doppler radar system is to be installed at the volcano…

North Island Eruption Threat “Real” Warns Expert

“An eruption is coming, warns GNS Science volcanologist Dr Graham Leonard, and anyone living pretty much north of Wellington should be prepared. Leonard is part of a group of volcano experts advising local bodies, emergency services, government agencies and district health boards at a conference in Taupo this week, on how they can best prepare…