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White Island, New Zealand: warning issued after quake 13 June 2008

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White Island (GeoNet image)

White Island, situated 48km offshore of North Island in the Bay of Plenty, is formed by the summit of a submarine volcano and is one of New Zealand’s most active volcanic centres. Visitors have been warned by GeoNet to keep away from the island for the next 48-72 hours following a 5.4M earthquake at 09:06 local time today. The epicentre was 10km south-west of White Island, and the depth of the quake was 5km. The earthquake was widely felt around the Bay of Plenty.

‘This morning’s earthquake was a tectonic-type earthquake, and these are common in the outer Bay of Plenty’, says the GeoNet report on the event. ‘There has been no immediate response from the volcano though the large number of aftershocks means that any seismic response may be difficult to see for several hours’. The alert level for White Island remains at level 1.

(Picture: White Island. GeoNet image.)

For all our New Zealand coverage: New Zealand << The Volcanism Blog

Global Volcanism Program: White Island – summary information for White Island (0401-04=)
GeoNet – White Island – GeoNet’s information and current activity page for White Island

Scientists warn tourists off White Island volcano – Stuff.co.nz, 13 June 2008
Volcano warning after earthquakeMelbourne Herald-Sun, 13 June 2008
White Island visits suspended following quake – Radio New Zealand, 13 June 2008

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