By Sarah Keane • 13 November 2020 • 14:00
LEVEL Two Alert raised for New Zealand’s deadly White Island volcano
Scientists from New Zealand’s seismic monitoring agency GND Science have raised the alert level on the Whakaari – or White Island – volcano to a Level Two after observing volcanic ash from steam and gas plumes. The alert is now at the same level as it was during the deadly December eruption last year which killed 21 people.
Ariel reconnaissance flights on Thursday, November 12 showed volcanic material on GeoNet webcams and the output is considered higher than normal, according to scientists.
“Observations during the flight confirmed the presence of some fine material (ash) in the plume,” duty volcanologist Yannik Behr said.
The island has recently been subject to several small earthquakes, which have led to “several episodes of slightly increased volcanic tremor.”
“While the gas output observed on Thursday is higher than recent observations, other monitoring parameters do not show significant changes,” Behr added.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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