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White Island update, 17 June 2008 17 June 2008

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Gas plume, White Island (GeoNet image)

Following the recent 5.4M earthquake in the Bay of Plenty the volcanologists at GeoNet warned that there was a danger of some kind of response from the volcano and suggested that people keep their distance (see our earlier post). The volcano has shown no sign of unusual activity, however, according to today’s cautious new bulletin from GeoNet:

White Island is an active volcano and eruptions can occur at any time without warning. As a consequence of this earthquake sequence the eruption hazard at the island may have increased above the normal levels. However as we have not recorded any significant changes over the last few days, it would appear the volcano is returning to a normal quiescent state. Normal cautions should be applied when visiting the volcano.

The advice seems to be that visits can resume, with the normal precautions. The alert level for White Island remains at 1: ‘there is no significant change in volcanic activity on the island’.

(Picture: Gas plume, White Island. GeoNet image.)

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