Routine monitoring of White Island (Whakaari) indicates minor volcanic unrest continues. Over the last couple of weeks GNS scientists have observed a fall of 2 m in the water level of the Crater Lake. However they have not noted any changes in other monitored parameters like the amount of volcanic gas being emitted, fumarole temperatures and the presence of volcanic tremor or earthquakes.
During a visit last week by GNS volcanologist Brad Scott he was able to confirm the lake level has dropped 2 m in the last 2 weeks. The lake is now at about the same level it was in 2014. The drop in water level of the Crater Lake has revealed several islands or crater outlines and the lake temperature has increased 2 ºC (56-58 ºC) since February.
There has been a small decrease in the temperature of the hottest fumarole (169 to 161 ºC) since February. The SO2 gas output has ranged between 90 and 480 tonnes per day (1.0 to 5.5 kg per second) of gas during the last 5 weeks. These are typical values for White Island.
The level of volcanic tremor continues to vary, but remains below those observed in 2012 when unrest was stronger and small eruptions occurred.
The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 1 (minor volcanic unrest). The changes we are seeing presently are consistent with minor volcanic unrest. Typical volcanic unrest hazards like hot ground and gas remain. A range of activity can occur under these conditions with little or no useful warning.
Volcanic Alert Bulletin WI 2016/02:
11:33am Thursday 28 April 2016; White Island Volcano
Volcanic Alert Level raised to 3
Aviation Colour Code changed to Orange
An eruption occurred at White Island (Whaakari) sometime between 9:30 – 11:00 pm yesterday (Wednesday, 27 April 2016).
As a consequence of this activity the Volcanic Alert Level is now raised to Level 3 (Minor Volcanic Eruption) and the Aviation Colour Code to Orange.
No eruptive activity has been seen since about 11:00 pm yesterday.
The eruption that occurred Wednesday 27 April was accompanied by a moderately elevated seismic activity. The seismic activity is now back to normal.
The eruption appears to have deposited material over north side of the crater floor and up onto north crater wall.
There is not yet a clear view of crater area visible from cameras.
GNS Science volcanologists are monitoring the volcano and further information will be released as soon as it is available.
April 28 , 2016.White Island , New Zealand :
Source : Geonet ( Bradd Scott , Agnès Mazot )