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…

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…

Another Quake Rocks The Bay Of Plenty

Not to be outdone by the tremblors rumbling around the South Island, the North Island too has experienced a number of sizable earthquakes in recent days. Most noticably a 5.4 that rocked Gisborne and Tokomaru Bay on Friday 25 March and a magnitude 4.5 that hit 70 km NE of Whakatane just after 5am this…

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…