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…

Another Quake At Tongariro

The quake drum at Tongariro is showing evidence of another rumble beneath the volcano this evening, shown as the small red blip at the bottom of the chart below. Last night’s eruption can be seen in the trace at the top of the chart. The tremor was also picked up on the Outere Drum which…

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…

Mount Tongariro Gases Above Normal – Updated

Update 7 August 2012. For a full update to this story click here Mount Tongariro Erupts ash cloud headed east. Scientists are saying that the activity could continue for months, even years after the volcano had lain dormant for almost 100 years. Civil Defence has said that volcanic activity may threaten Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne,…

Mount Tongariro About To Blow?

Another reminder today that New Zealand straddles the Pacific Rim of Fire and is a geologically active country. Scientists have issues a yellow alert for Mount Tongariro following a recent increase in the number of volcanic earthquakes beneath the mountain. The volcanic activity comes against the background of other earthquakes  in New Zealand over the…

5.8 Earthquake NE Of White Island

Was this the large earthquake that Ken Ring predicted for the last week of September? A large 5.8 magnitude earthquake (see above for location) struck off the east coast of  New Zealand at 11.42 pm tonight. It was felt from the Bay of Plenty to Hawkes Bay. Earlier in the evening the USGS also reported…