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WHAT IS HAPPENING AT WHITE ISLAND VOLCANO??? New Zealand/Kermadec & South Pacific QUAKE/VOLCANO WATCH

 
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Type: Earthquake
16 minutes ago
Magnitude: 4.9
DateTime: Sunday January 20 2013, 00:45:57 UTC
Region: North Island of New Zealand
Depth: 117.8 km
Source: USGS Feed

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New Zealand Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.2, Sunday, January 20 2013 at 1:45:57 pm (NZDT) reviewed
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Information about this earthquake and historical location data.

Public ID 2013p051437
Universal Time January 20 2013 at 0:45:57
NZ Daylight Time Sunday, January 20 2013 at 1:45:57 pm
Latitude, Longitude -39.81, 174.34
Intensity ? light
Focal Depth 138 km
Magnitude 5.2
Location 25 km west of Waverley

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the latest nz 3.0+ mag quakes

5.2 13:45:57 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 137.9 km

3.3 13:20:55 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 21.1 km

3.7 12:21:20 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 26.3 km

3.4 11:58:26 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 22.0 km

4.1 10:55:14 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 12.5 km

3.4 09:25:39 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 15.6 km

3.4 08:13:24 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 274.1 km

3.0 07:17:06 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 6.6 km

3.6 07:09:11 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 7.1 km

3.0 06:34:01 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 264.2 km

4.6 21:15:08 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 11.8 km

4.2 16:37:55 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.5 km

3.6 16:17:05 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.8 km

3.5 13:07:10 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 18.6 km

3.6 12:34:54 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 22.5 km

3.1 11:11:17 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 205.6 km

3.3 08:58:17 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 189.9 km

4.7 05:00:25 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 92.8 km

4.7 05:00:25 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 92.8 km

3.7 20:42:16 Fri 18 Jan 2013 Depth: 12.0 km

4.0 19:13:22 Thu 17 Jan 2013 Depth: 470.0 km

3.4 14:42:05 Thu 17 Jan 2013 Depth: 105.5 km

3.6 02:57:19 Thu 17 Jan 2013 Depth: 60.8 km

4.5 08:04:51 Wed 16 Jan 2013 Depth: 212.9 km

3.3 04:55:12 Wed 16 Jan 2013 Depth: 52.8 km

3.7 06:40:36 Tue 15 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.8 km

3.9 23:06:34 Mon 14 Jan 2013 Depth: 4.0 km

3.6 08:24:59 Sun 13 Jan 2013 Depth: 61.4 km

3.5 05:33:33 Sun 13 Jan 2013 Depth: 5.1 km
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29: Global volcanic activity report for January 19, 2013

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January 19, 2013 – GEOLOGY – A low-level earthquake swarm continues beneath Mammoth Mountain volcano (CA) (station MMS), with a M1.3 event recorded earlier today. Dilatometer data from instruments located within Long Valley Caldera show an inflection in trend at the swarm onset on or around 15 January 2013. A series of small explosions (green signals) followed a very subtle increase in volcanic seismicity in the past day at the Colima volcano (Mexico). Exhalations of gas and ash have increased slightly during the past 24 hours at Popocatepetl volcano. A mixture of wind noise, and small local and larger regional earthquakes dot seismograms at Guatemalan volcanoes Fuego (station FG3), Santa Maria (station STG6) and Pacaya (station PCG) today. Santa Maria seismograms show the most volcanic activity with occasional increases in tremor tucked within the “noisy” record. Recent MODIS thermal imagery shows the active lava flows descending the flanks of Fuego and the Santiaguito Dome Complex (Santa Maria). A few larger magnitude volcanic earthquakes punctuate an otherwise slowly decreasing trend in seismicity at San Cristobal volcano (Nicaragua) (station CRIN) today. Volcanic tremor amplitude continues to be unstable at Masaya volcano (station MASN), and frequent, low-amplitude volcanic earthquakes continue to plague Concepcion volcano (station CONN). An episode of larger magnitude volcano-tectonic earthquakes also affected Nevado Del Ruiz volcano (Colombia) (station OLLZ) late yesterday. Numerous low-amplitude volcanic earthquakes and occasional periods of volcanic tremor continue at the volcano. Numerous small seismic events continue at nearby Machin volcano (station CIMA) as well. The tremor-like signal late in the record at Machin is due to cultural noise, not the volcano. Strong degassing continues at Reventador volcano (Ecuador) (station CONE), accompanied by abundant low-frequency seismicity, including volcanic tremors. Over 1100 small volcanic earthquakes, along with low-level volcanic tremors have occurred during the past 24 hours at Copahue volcano (Chile-Argentina border). Weather obscures any surface activity accompanying the seismicity. –Earthquake Report
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Russia: record snow, Sydney: record heat. Is the magnetic field reversal throwing the planet’s weather into chaos?

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No dramatic effects? “Many doomsday theorists have tried to take this natural geological occurrence and suggest it could lead to Earth’s destruction. But would there be any dramatic effects? The answer, from the geologic and fossil records we have from hundreds of past magnetic polarity reversals, seems to be ‘no.’” -NASA website

January 19, 2013 – RUSSIA – Unrelenting snowfalls have caused unprecedented chaos in Russia. Over the past week, the country has seen scores of traffic accidents, flight delays and, in some cases, the complete isolation of some remote settlements and towns. While the snowstorms have caused inconvenience for large population centers in western Russia, they have been life-threatening further east in the country. Falling snow and ice caused many accidents due to poor visibility and bad road conditions. Moscow witnessed a 13-kilometer jam on MKAD, one of the city’s main highways, reducing speeds to 10 to 25 kph in the capital. More than 12,000 snow removal trucks worked around-the-clock to clean up the mess, but their efforts did little, with the city coming to an effective standstill. The chair of the Duma’s transport committee called for local transport officials to face legal sanctions for failing to cope with the winter weather. “Until local bureaucrats face the wrath of the law, winter will always be a surprise occurrence. They will continue to do nothing, as people suffer,” Mikhail Bryachak told Kommersant FM radio.The polar circle city of Norilsk has been buried under 10 feet of snow – entire apartment blocks, markets, stores and offices were buried under snow overnight. Banks of snow were as high as two people put together, reaching the second-story windows of some apartment buildings. Cars, stores, garages were blocked. Norilsk metropolitan workers were forced to dig passageways through the snow banks to create access between the outside world and the barricaded city. Meanwhile, icicles up to three feet in length have formed off the ledges of buildings, breaking at random and causing a lethal hazard for pedestrians below. Elsewhere, the extreme weather continues. In the Altai Republic in Western Siberia, 12 Russian settlements were isolated because of the snowstorm. Seven settlements, with a total population of 1,300 people, remain cut off from the outside world due to the snow drifts. Emergency crews are currently en route to deliver needed supplies to the stranded populations. Snow accompanied by strong winds has caused flight delays in the airport of Russia’s far eastern town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The runway has been cleared, but planes are not risking takeoff due to strong side-winds. Flights were also delayed in Russia’s easternmost cities of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. More snow storms are predicted in Western Siberia and the Western Urals over the weekend. In the end of 2012, Russia saw extreme winter not witnessed since 1938. The coldest-ever December in Russia led to the evacuation of hundreds of people in Siberia, where temperatures fell below -50 degrees Celsius; Moscow also saw its coldest night ever for the season. More than 90 Russians died during the cold snap, and more than 600 people were taken to hospital due to the extremely dangerous weather, which is 10 degrees below the December norm. Nearly 200 people have died throughout Russia as a direct result of weather-related accidents and hypothermia this season, according to official statistics, although the extreme conditions have likely contributed to many more fatalities. –RT

Coincidence? While northern Russia sees record snowfall and cold temperatures, Sydney Australia, in the southern Hemisphere, is experiencing searing temperatures of 46 C (115.7°F). Is this only the beginning of more dramatic climate changes to come?

Record heat in southern hemisphere: The mercury topped 45.8 at Sydney’s Observatory Hill at 2.55pm, breaking the previous record set in 1939 by half a degree. The city’s highest temperature was a scorching 46.5 degrees, recorded in Penrith at 2.15pm, while Camden, Richmond and Sydney Airport all reached 46.4 degrees. More than 220 people had been treated for heat exposure or fainting by late afternoon, the Ambulance Service of NSW said. The heat-wave also stranded thousands of commuters, with dozens of trains delayed as steel wires buckled and a hose used to run a key signaling system melted. On the central coast, the heat caused an overhead wire to buckle onto a train at about 1.30pm, trapping about 250 passengers for half an hour. The monorail ground to a halt, spitting sparks that started a soon-extinguished grass fire next to Darling Harbour. -MOL

Magnetic North Pole Moving Toward Siberia

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2010 Atrium in Germany - Imagine our compasses starting pointing south someday. This is not science fiction. A total reversal of Earth's Magnetic Fields actually happened over 740 thousand years ago. The Earth's Magnetic Field is weakening. Magnetic field strength is decreasing rapidly in certain areas of South America and South Atlantic; up to 12% in 30 years. The decay of Earth Magnetic Field will have serous effect on satellites in space and trains and electrical grids on the ground

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white island volcano:

still missing camera shots of white island from the shore camera, but here is an interesting one from 1.31pm today, with a lot of smoke
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

here is the link for the shore (whakatane) camera
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

the crater rim camera
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

and the crater floor camera
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
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the white island volcano graphs showing rise in activity
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

and the seismo drum, also showing the heightened activity
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the white island volcano graphs showing rise in activity
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

and the seismo drum, also showing the heightened activity
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
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This is John Titor, new islands will appear and New Zealand itself will get bigger.

It will happen east of Florida.

Also in Japan, where I am now.
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the white island volcano graphs showing rise in activity
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

and the seismo drum, also showing the heightened activity
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
 Quoting: Tauranga


This is John Titor, new islands will appear and New Zealand itself will get bigger.

It will happen east of Florida.

Also in Japan, where I am now.
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well, we're not letting you get away with that one so easily fella.

more please!
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New Zealand Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.4, Monday, January 21 2013 at 4:36:05 am (NZDT) reviewed

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Quake Details
Information about this earthquake and historical location data.

Public ID 2013p053108
Universal Time January 20 2013 at 15:36:05
NZ Daylight Time Monday, January 21 2013 at 4:36:05 am
Latitude, Longitude -46.93, 166.08
Intensity ? strong
Focal Depth 14 km
Magnitude 4.4
Location 130 km north-west of Snares Islands

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the latest nz 3.0+ mag quakes

3.1 08:38:39 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 96.9 km

4.4 04:36:05 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 13.9 km

4.0 02:11:21 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 524.8 km

3.8 01:33:18 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 105.8 km

3.8 23:37:54 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 117.0 km

5.2 13:45:57 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 137.9 km

3.3 13:20:55 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 21.1 km

3.7 12:21:20 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 26.3 km

3.4 11:58:26 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 22.0 km

4.1 10:55:14 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 12.5 km

3.4 09:25:39 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 15.6 km

3.4 08:13:24 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 274.1 km

3.0 07:17:06 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 6.6 km

3.6 07:09:11 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 7.1 km

4.6 21:15:08 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 11.8 km

4.2 16:37:55 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.5 km

3.6 16:17:05 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.8 km

3.5 13:07:10 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 18.6 km

3.6 12:34:54 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 22.5 km

4.7 05:00:25 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 92.8 km

4.7 05:00:25 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 92.8 km

3.7 20:42:16 Fri 18 Jan 2013 Depth: 12.0 km

4.0 19:13:22 Thu 17 Jan 2013 Depth: 470.0 km

3.4 14:42:05 Thu 17 Jan 2013 Depth: 105.5 km

3.6 02:57:19 Thu 17 Jan 2013 Depth: 60.8 km

4.5 08:04:51 Wed 16 Jan 2013 Depth: 212.9 km

3.7 06:40:36 Tue 15 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.8 km

3.9 23:06:34 Mon 14 Jan 2013 Depth: 4.0 km

3.6 08:24:59 Sun 13 Jan 2013 Depth: 61.4 km

3.5 05:33:33 Sun 13 Jan 2013 Depth: 5.1 km
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Hi Tauranga!!! No electricity, no cell phones, no whater untill now, since friday!!! Tuff ciclone!!!
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Volcano Activity in New Zealand on Monday, 21 January, 2013 at 08:02 (08:02 AM) UTC.

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Scientists are warning Mount Tongariro may erupt again as the Department of Conservation looks at re-opening the remainder of the iconic Tongariro Crossing next month. GNS Science say emissions of steam and a gas plume have been a continuous feature of the mountain since the August 2012 eruption. Scientist Tony Hurst said the volcano is still in an "active" state. "Therefore we have to be prepared there will be other events like that without any warning," said GNS Scientist Tony Hurst. The risk of another eruption is causing concern for the Department of Conservation as it prepares to reopen the northern section of the Tongariro Crossing which was damaged in the August eruption. Department of Conservation Ruapehu Area Manager Jonathan Maxwell told ONE News the eruption had not dampened the popularity of the 19.4 kilometre walking track. He said DOC was forced to close an access way to the track shortly before Christmas when tourists began flocking to the area. "It's become a destination so in the end total anarchy broke out with cars and buses," said Maxwell. "There were wing mirrors being knocked off and cars damaged as well as people trying to park in incredibly stupid places." GNS Scientists are also concerned neighbouring Mt Ruapehu may be due to erupt. Gas samples show there could be a blockage underneath the volcano's surface. The blockage could burst and erupt without warning. Tourism operator Stewart Barclay from Adrift Outdoors said tourism on Mt Ruaphu and Mt Tongariro is reliant on the findings of GNS scientists. "We can't do anything until the scientists scratch their heads and reckon it's all safe to go up," said Barclay. DOC has closed the area within 2km of the centre of crater lake at the summit of Mt Ruapehu.
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Hi Tauranga!!! No electricity, no cell phones, no whater untill now, since friday!!! Tuff ciclone!!!
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hiya luis

i am very glad to hear that you have got through the storm ok

so is the weather back to normal now?
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Volcano Activity in New Zealand on Monday, 21 January, 2013 at 08:02 (08:02 AM) UTC.

Description
Scientists are warning Mount Tongariro may erupt again as the Department of Conservation looks at re-opening the remainder of the iconic Tongariro Crossing next month. GNS Science say emissions of steam and a gas plume have been a continuous feature of the mountain since the August 2012 eruption. Scientist Tony Hurst said the volcano is still in an "active" state. "Therefore we have to be prepared there will be other events like that without any warning," said GNS Scientist Tony Hurst. The risk of another eruption is causing concern for the Department of Conservation as it prepares to reopen the northern section of the Tongariro Crossing which was damaged in the August eruption. Department of Conservation Ruapehu Area Manager Jonathan Maxwell told ONE News the eruption had not dampened the popularity of the 19.4 kilometre walking track. He said DOC was forced to close an access way to the track shortly before Christmas when tourists began flocking to the area. "It's become a destination so in the end total anarchy broke out with cars and buses," said Maxwell. "There were wing mirrors being knocked off and cars damaged as well as people trying to park in incredibly stupid places." GNS Scientists are also concerned neighbouring Mt Ruapehu may be due to erupt. Gas samples show there could be a blockage underneath the volcano's surface. The blockage could burst and erupt without warning. Tourism operator Stewart Barclay from Adrift Outdoors said tourism on Mt Ruaphu and Mt Tongariro is reliant on the findings of GNS scientists. "We can't do anything until the scientists scratch their heads and reckon it's all safe to go up," said Barclay. DOC has closed the area within 2km of the centre of crater lake at the summit of Mt Ruapehu.
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yes, i see that extinction protocol posted the same article..
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the latest nz 3.0+ mag quakes

4.3 10:33:39 Tue 22 Jan 2013 Depth: 288.4 km

3.1 09:13:27 Tue 22 Jan 2013 Depth: 7.3 km

4.1 04:44:56 Tue 22 Jan 2013 Depth: 291.2 km

3.1 00:31:29 Tue 22 Jan 2013 Depth: 94.5 km

3.0 23:48:38 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 5.2 km

3.3 18:51:50 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 225.1 km

3.0 18:18:10 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 53.2 km

3.4 11:41:37 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 12.0 km

4.0 02:11:21 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 524.8 km

3.1 08:38:39 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 96.9 km

4.4 04:36:05 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 13.9 km

4.0 02:11:21 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 524.8 km

3.8 01:33:18 Mon 21 Jan 2013 Depth: 105.8 km

3.8 23:37:54 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 117.0 km

5.2 13:45:57 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 137.9 km

3.3 13:20:55 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 21.1 km

3.7 12:21:20 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 26.3 km

3.4 11:58:26 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 22.0 km

4.1 10:55:14 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 12.5 km

3.4 09:25:39 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 15.6 km

3.6 07:09:11 Sun 20 Jan 2013 Depth: 7.1 km

4.6 21:15:08 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 11.8 km

4.2 16:37:55 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.5 km

3.6 16:17:05 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 8.8 km

3.6 12:34:54 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 22.5 km

4.7 05:00:25 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 92.8 km

4.7 05:00:25 Sat 19 Jan 2013 Depth: 92.8 km

3.7 20:42:16 Fri 18 Jan 2013 Depth: 12.0 km

4.0 19:13:22 Thu 17 Jan 2013 Depth: 470.0 km

4.5 08:04:51 Wed 16 Jan 2013 Depth: 212.9 km
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White Island volcanic activity concern
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:20 22/01/2013

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Volcanic activity at White Island is the most "vigorous" in years and could mean a large explosive eruption is imminent, GNS Science says.

The volcano, off the Bay of Plenty coast, is the country's most active and showed heightened signs of unrest last year.

But it is the increased hydrothermal activity in the last three weeks which is of "significant concern", GNS vulcanologist Brad Scott says.

"I don't think I've seen anything this strong since the late 90s and 2000s."


The activity then led to a large eruption in July, 2000.

"The hydrothermal activity is some of the most vigorous I have seen at White Island for many years. This type of activity usually leads to stronger volcanic activity and is a significant concern," Scott said.


"Increases in hydrothermal activity often leads to explosive eruptions and that can be quite dangerous for visitors."

The activity may mean an eruption is imminent, but there is also a chance it could cease.

The volcano poses no threat to the mainland, however, as it is 48 kilometres from shore.

But White Island is a popular tourist attraction, with boat and flight tours heading there daily.

If it does explode, ash may reach the mainland and Bay of Plenty locals might smell gas, Scott says.

Scott's observations were based on a visit to the island yesterday.

Hydrothermal activity in the small 'hot lake' had increased, large amounts of sediment had surfaced and vivid white steam and gas was flashing from the base.

This was the sort of activity that had been increasing since late 2012 and was now semi-continuous, Scott says.

The lava dome that was first observed in late November has not changed since earlier this month.

There were elevated levels of volcanic tremors, likely generated by the hydrothermal activity, Scott says.

As usual, the volcano could erupt with little or no warning.
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Volcanic Alert Bulletin WI-2013/02 - White Island Volcano
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22 January 2013, 10:00 am - Volcanic unrest increases; Volcanic Alert remains at level 1; Aviation Colour Code remains Yellow.


GNS Science Volcanologist Brad Scott visited White Island yesterday to assess the increased level of volcanic unrest.

Mr Scott’s observations confirmed that hydrothermal activity in the small 'hot lake' has increased. The most common activity is "doming-up" of the lake surface by steam/gas, bringing large amounts of sediment to the surface, often with vivid white steam/gas 'flashing' from around the base. Every so often stronger events happened. This activity has been increasing since late 2012 and is now semi-continuous.

GNS volcanologist Brad Scott said “the hydrothermal activity is some of the most vigorous I have seen at White Island for many years. This type of activity usually leads to stronger volcanic activity and is a significant concern.”

The lava dome that was first observed in late November has not changed since the last observations on 1 January 2013.

Seismicity continues to show elevated levels of volcanic tremor and this is likely to be generated by the processes driving the vigorous hydrothermal activity in the lake.

The state of unrest at White Island is increasing and future eruptions are possible with little or no warning. The increased level of unrest does mean that there is a hazard to visitors. Past activity indicates that eruptions, such as that which occurred on 5 August 2012, could occur with little or no warning, even when the Alert Level is 1 (volcanic unrest). Caution should be exercised when visiting the island.

GNS Science continues to closely monitor White Island through the GeoNet project.

Background
The Volcanic Alert Level ranges from 0 to 5 and defines the current status at a volcano. Level 1 indicates signs of volcanic unrest.

Aviation Colour Codes are based on four colours and are intended for quick reference only in the international civil aviation community.
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Rare whale strands again

A second rare whale has been euthanised by the Department of Conservation after beaching itself at Sandy Pt yesterday.

It was the second time in 24 hours DOC had to put down an Arnoux's beaked whale, which is relatively rare.

Acting area manager for Murihiku/Southern Islands, Alan Christie, said the whale stranded at Sandy Pt less than a day after an unsuccessful DOC and community effort to save a whale at Omaui Beach.

DOC staff were notified of the second whale's beaching yesterday morning, he said.

The 8-metre-long whale was in a highly distressed state and DOC made a difficult decision, in consultation with local iwi, to euthanise the whale and end its suffering.

While an attempt to refloat the whale would have been ideal, several factors, including the tides and the whale's condition, made this impractical, Mr Christie said.

Among several parallels between the two strandings, he said, were that both whales were females of the same species and yesterday's stranding occurred at the Sandy Pt entrance of Invercargill Estuary, almost immediately opposite the first stranding.

It was reported that a second whale nearly beached on Saturday afternoon. The latest stranding might have been that whale, he said.

The whale euthanised on Sunday appeared to have been attacked by a shark and might have come close to shore to find safety, DOC said.

A similar scenario for the second whale had not been discussed by DOC biodiversity staff at the site, Mr Christie said.

Beaked whales were a deep-water species and the pod's proximity to land and shallow water might have been a factor in the beachings, Mr Christie said.

Scientific testing would be done on both whales for research purposes, and the results might help explain the cause of the beachings.

"Both strandings have placed pressure on DOC staff who are saddened by the outcomes," said Mr Christie. "DOC is grateful for the support that has been given by the community, iwi and Project Jonah staff."

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The volcano poses no threat to the mainland, however, as it is 48 kilometres from shore.

that is EXACTLY what the Minoans and people surrounding Krakatoa thought too
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Experts warn of White Island eruption (+video)
...Mr Scott said seismicity was showing elevated levels of volcanic tremor, likely generated by the processes driving the vigorous hydrothermal activity in the lake.

The state of unrest at White Island was increasing and future eruptions were possible with little or no warning, he warned.

The increased level of unrest could result in a hazard to visitors.

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Experts warn of White Island eruption (+video)
...Mr Scott said seismicity was showing elevated levels of volcanic tremor, likely generated by the processes driving the vigorous hydrothermal activity in the lake.

The state of unrest at White Island was increasing and future eruptions were possible with little or no warning, he warned.

The increased level of unrest could result in a hazard to visitors.

- nzherald.co.nz
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Yeah and Mount Tongariro is "smoking too" today.

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Hi Tauranga!!! No electricity, no cell phones, no whater untill now, since friday!!! Tuff ciclone!!!
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hiya luis

i am very glad to hear that you have got through the storm ok

so is the weather back to normal now?
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no, still very windyn and raining a lot. Still people without power and whater now...
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Experts warn of White Island eruption (+video)
...Mr Scott said seismicity was showing elevated levels of volcanic tremor, likely generated by the processes driving the vigorous hydrothermal activity in the lake.

The state of unrest at White Island was increasing and future eruptions were possible with little or no warning, he warned.

The increased level of unrest could result in a hazard to visitors.

- nzherald.co.nz
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from other thread
News for White island :

Significant rise of activity from 15 UTC
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

power steam now
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
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awesome, thank you
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The volcano poses no threat to the mainland, however, as it is 48 kilometres from shore.

that is EXACTLY what the Minoans and people surrounding Krakatoa thought too
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exactly

and they have said that (because of the spiny dome discovery) white island could now erupt differently in the future, and have huge effects on the mainland of the north island
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The volcano poses no threat to the mainland, however, as it is 48 kilometres from shore.

that is EXACTLY what the Minoans and people surrounding Krakatoa thought too
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exactly

and they have said that (because of the spiny dome discovery) white island could now erupt differently in the future, and have huge effects on the mainland of the north island
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i will try and find the link
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Experts warn of White Island eruption (+video)
...Mr Scott said seismicity was showing elevated levels of volcanic tremor, likely generated by the processes driving the vigorous hydrothermal activity in the lake.

The state of unrest at White Island was increasing and future eruptions were possible with little or no warning, he warned.

The increased level of unrest could result in a hazard to visitors.

- nzherald.co.nz
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32786704


Yeah and Mount Tongariro is "smoking too" today.

[link to geonet.org.nz]
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oh yes, so it is
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Experts warn of White Island eruption (+video)
...Mr Scott said seismicity was showing elevated levels of volcanic tremor, likely generated by the processes driving the vigorous hydrothermal activity in the lake.

The state of unrest at White Island was increasing and future eruptions were possible with little or no warning, he warned.

The increased level of unrest could result in a hazard to visitors.

- nzherald.co.nz
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32786704


from other thread
News for White island :

Significant rise of activity from 15 UTC
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]

power steam now
[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32815061

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32815061


[link to www.geonet.org.nz]
and now look, there are lots of quakes occurring at white island

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