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Ambrym Reawakens

Breaking news today - Ambrym Volcano (Vanuatu) has erupted. On Dec 15 2018, a large eruptive episode brought about the destruction of the famed lava lakes of Ambrym (Benbow and Marum). The prominent glows from each crater turned to darkness and all was silent. What was ...

Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai Eruption

When we landed on Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai back in 2016, we could have never foreseen that this unknown volcano in a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean would be the site of one of the world’s biggest eruptions since Pinatubo - and make global headlines. For ...

Into the snowmageddon

With 50-70cm of snow forecast to drop in a day, we headed for Christchurch and onto the Lewis Pass, with New Zealand's best storm chasing vehicle. (more…)

Six hours, three quakes, three tsunami warnings

Wow, what a day here in New Zealand! At 2.27am, I was abruptly woken by a deep rolling quake that lasted over a minute. Normally, noticing such quakes in Auckland means a much larger earthquake has struck somewhere within the usual seismic hotspots of New Zealand. ...

Ruapehu Volcanic Alert Level lifted to Level 2

GNS has raised the alert level of Ruapehu to Level 2 after a combination of crater lake heating, seismicity and gas emissions. Crater lake heating to 43 °C The crater lake regularly goes through a heating and cooling cycle. Since 2003, the lake's temperature has risen above ...

White Island Eruption

White Island, New Zealand / December 2019 At exactly 2.11pm on Dec 9, an unforeseen phreatic eruption occurred on White Island. Tragically, a number of tourists were in the direct impact zone at the time of the eruption. At present, eight people have died, a further ...

Anak Krakatau – Cone collapse and tsunami

A large part of the south-western cone of Krakatau appears to have given way. This and probable collapses undersea have caused a massive displacement of water. One theory suggests this resulted from recent lava flows combining with accumulated material over many decades. This created a tipping ...

Waimangu (Raupo Pond) Hydrothermal Eruption

A vent located in the Raupo Pond Crater (Waimangu) has erupted for the first time in 35 years. We visited the eruption site and found mostly mud, water and steam had been ejected. Nearby vegetation had been mostly browned off, with very little destroyed. The ...