Eruption at Whakaari/White Island (New Zealand)

A minor volcanic eruption occurred at Whakaari/White Island on May 24, 2024, at approximately 08:20 NZST. The eruption manifested as a vigorous steam plume, observed via webcam and satellite imagery due to the absence of on-site sensors. Preliminary analysis suggests the absence of ash in the plume, and prevailing wind conditions indicate a low probability of ashfall reaching the mainland if present.

The Volcanic Alert Level for Whakaari/White Island has been raised from 2 to 3, reflecting the heightened volcanic unrest and the potential for further eruptive activity. This level indicates minor volcanic eruption, and ongoing monitoring will guide any future adjustments to the alert level.

The steam plume has since subsided to normal levels. GNS Science volcanologists are actively monitoring the situation and will release updates as new information becomes available.


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