White Island Eruption: Volcano Erupts off Coast of New Zealand

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 19, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The volcano on White Island off the coast of New Zealand erupted on August 20.

The eruption, which happened at around 10:23 a.m., prompted GNS to raise the alert level from one to two and the aviation color code from green to red, according to GeoNet.

“The small eruption appears to have continued for about 10 minutes and mainly produced steam,” it said.

The activity at the volcano has since returned to normal.

There was no danger to anyone living nearby in the Bay of Plenty, said Nico Fournier, duty volcanologist with GeoNet. There could be further eruptions in the next couple days.

“It is too soon for any kind of prediction of activity in the next few days,” said Fournier. “Given the low level of activity over the last year we are watching carefully and would not be surprised if there were further eruptions in the next few days.”

White Island is about 29 miles (48 kilometers) off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

 

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.