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Calbuco volcano eruption – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 24th, 2015.

The eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile – for the first time in over 40 years –  is causing headlines around world. New Zealand coverage includes, reporting in the New Zealand Herald, and TVNZ News. MetService has stated that the  Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, in collaboration with international partners will monitor the […]

Tongariro erupts

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2012.

An eruption occurred at Te Maari Craters, Tongariro at approximately 1:25 pm today (Wednesday, 21 November 2012). GNS Science volcanologists are monitoring the eruption and further information will be released as soon as it is available. Initial responses and eye witness accounts have featured in the rapid coverage below: TVNZ News: Mount Tongariro erupts – […]

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No health threat from Chilean volcano ash – experts

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2011.

In response to queries from worried parents, experts has have issued an explanation of why New Zealanders don’t need to worry about health dangers from ash fall from the Chilean volcano plume. Following a number of quries from media and concerned parents and schools, experts Thomas Wilson (Natural Hazards Research Centre, University of Canterbury) with […]

What does volcanic ash do to jet engines?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 12th, 2011.

Volcanic ash originating from the ongoing eruption of a Chilean volcano is causing disruptions to air traffic across New Zealand. The Civil Aviation Authority has said that local airspace may continue to be affected for up to a week. Access Metservice’s latest volcanic ash advisory here. Last year, during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, our colleagues at […]

3 News/AP: Volcano in Iceland: Questions and Answers

Peter Griffin posted in on April 21st, 2010.

Questions and answers about the volcanic ash cloud in Iceland, and its effects An excerpt: (read in full here) “Q. How do we know this cloud is dangerous to airplanes? “A. A NATO F-16 fighter suffered engine damage after flying through the cloud, a Western diplomat said. “Q. Can’t planes just fly above the ash? […]

Stuff: Kiwi volcanologist’s disaster study gets real

Peter Griffin posted in on April 21st, 2010.

Michael Fox writes for Stuff about GNS volcanologist David Johnston, who is stranded in London as a result of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Johnston and 25 other scientists had been attending a disaster planning meeting when they found they were actually involved in one. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Volcanologists and disaster […]

Newsletter Digest: Ash, DNA swaps and kiwi GM research

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2010.

Ash means empty skies over Britain Thousands of travellers are feeling the effects of a large volcanic eruption in Iceland, with flights across Europe cancelled as ash floats across Britain and the continent. The impact on travel plans is illustrated well in this graphic that ran in The Guardian. Scientists meanwhile have been analysing every […]

NZ Herald/NZPA: Icelandic eruption disrupts flights

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2010.

Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which began erupting in Iceland on Wednesday, has caused flights across the UK and much of Western Europe to be grounded – something not seen in decades. The grounding is due to the danger posed by volcanic ash – if sucked into airplane engines, it can cause them to fail. […]

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