Bigger eruption simmering? Magma bubbles higher in New Zealand’s Tongariro volcano

August 10, 2012 NEW ZEALAND - Tests have revealed that magma is bubbling higher than usual in Mount Tongariro, which means further eruptions are more likely. A series of samples have been tested since the volcano’s Te Mari crater erupted on Monday night, but the latest results give the greatest insight. “We’re now convinced that the likelihood of this just being a one-off has decreased,” GNS vulcanologist Nico Fournier said. “But it doesn’t mean it’s just about to blow and go pear-shape.” The results detected sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide in the steam plume, which indicated that magma was closer to the surface than it usually was, Fournier said. It was unclear how high the magma was – it could be anything from metres to kilometres, Fournier said. If a magmatic eruption did occur then it wouldn’t necessarily be significant, he said. It could result in a lava flow or it could lead to a series of explosions. “It doesn’t mean it could be a massive eruption, it could be passive,” Fournier said. It was also likely that Monday night’s eruption could be followed by a series of steam eruptions or no activity at all, Fournier said. Civil Defense, along with a number of other organizations including the Department of Conservation, would continue to monitor the volcano’s activity. There was no new advice or warnings that stemmed from the latest development, a Civil Defense spokesman said. -Stuff
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3 Responses to Bigger eruption simmering? Magma bubbles higher in New Zealand’s Tongariro volcano

  1. I like the way that all of these experts try and cover their backsides in every way possible. In the above article the geologist managed to cover the possibility of any and every eventuality, but in the end the translation is still: “We don’t know what the volcano will do but we feel that we should say something.” If they can’t commit to some kind of useful advice they should just come out and admit that they don’t know what to expect, but be prepared for the worst just in case.

  2. tasmanianyeti says:

    let us hope and pray that it is only a magmatic eruption and not explosive !! keep us posted
    alvin love this site and read the extinctin protocol fantastic book thank you …

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