Posts Tagged ‘volcano’

White Island. File photo / supplied

Scientists have confirmed that White Island has erupted and continues to blast ash into the air, indicating the start of a new phase of volcanic activity on the island.

However, as White Island produces a series of eruptions, Mt Tongariro appears to be quieting down.

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Lightning seen around erupting White Island

Flashes of lightning have been reported coming from White Island as the volcano continues to erupt since Sunday.

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Tongariro Ash

NASA has released an image of the ash plume stretching out from Mt Tongariro shortly after it erupted on Monday night.

The central North Island volcano erupted at 11.50pm, the first time in more than 100 years.

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A cloud hangs above the mountain this morning. Photo / Twitter / @richardshype

A huge ash cloud is covering the central North Island as Mt Tongariro erupts for the first time in more than a century.

Roads were closed, flights disrupted and nearby residents have been advised to stay indoors as ash and rock spews from the mountain.

The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2, while the aviation colour code has been raised to red.

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