New Zealand’s White Island Volcano emits 2 km steam eruption

August 20, 2013NEW ZEALANDA volcano off New Zealand sent a plume of steam two kilometers (1.24 miles) into the air Tuesday, although volcanologists described the eruption as small and said it was over in minutes. The GeoNet monitoring service said White Island, an uninhabited landmark off the North Island’s Bay of Plenty, erupted at 10:23am (2223 Monday GMT). “The eruption appears to have continued for about 10 minutes and mainly produced steam,” it said, issuing an aviation warning for the area around the island but reporting no damage. The volcanic activity is not believed to be related to a 6.5-magnitude earthquake which rocked Wellington Friday on the other side of the North Island. New Zealand has a number of active volcanoes. Mount Tongariro, in the middle of the North Island, rumbled to life on two occasions last year after lying dormant for more than a century, spewing out clouds of ash that disrupted air traffic. An eruption at Mount Ruapehu in 1953 caused New Zealand’s worst rail disaster when it trigged a massive mudslide that washed away a bridge, causing a passenger train to plunge into the Whangaehu River with the loss of 151 lives. –Inquirer
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3 Responses to New Zealand’s White Island Volcano emits 2 km steam eruption

  1. Faye Brown says:

    These remind me of dragons waking up …

    Like

  2. Alvin, what number eruption does this make for 2013?

    Thanks for all your hard work!

    Like

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