White Island continuing to produce ‘vigorous bursts’

Posted: 31 January, 2013 in New Zealand News
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A plume of smoke emanating from a fissure. Photo / Supplied

Photo / GNS Science

Fears of an eruption are now at their highest since August.

White Island is continuing to produce “vigorous bursts” of mud, rock steam and gas up to 100m high and larger explosions including molten sulphur are possible, say experts.

The seismic activity, which has lasted several days, poses a greater than usual risk to visitors, said GNS Science.

Scientists monitoring the island volcano in the Bay of Plenty say the crater lake is drying out and the frequent bursts of mud, steam and gas were still vigorous.

Past monitoring of the island showed new eruptions often develop from this type of activity and small muddy lakes sometimes form in craters “as the unrest develops geysering and explosions occur through these lakes, becoming more vigorous with time”.

[Read More – New Zealand Herald]

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