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Underwater eruption one of the biggest in 100 years – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 11th, 2018.

Researchers examining an underwater volcano that erupted in 2012 have compared its size to the Mt St Helens eruption in 1980. Havre volcano was only discovered in 2002 and when it erupted in 2012 initially no-one knew something had happened until a giant pumice raft, covering about 400 square kilometres of ocean, was spotted floating […]

Mt Agung eruption – Expert reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on November 29th, 2017.

After months of unrest, Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali is finally erupting. The island was elevated to the highest level of volcanic alert on Monday morning.   Mt Agung has been spewing gas and ash since last week, and over 100,000 residents living near the volcano have been ordered to evacuate from a […]

What would happen if a volcano erupted in Auckland? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 6th, 2017.

It’s no secret that Auckland sits on a large volcanic field, but new research has modelled what would happen if there was an eruption within the city limits. The study, published last week in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, considered what could happen during a hypothetical two-month-long period of unrest and eruption near […]

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 […]

Tongan volcano eruption puts flights on hold

Laura Goodall posted in on January 13th, 2015.

All international flights to the small island nation of Tonga have been cancelled after the underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano sent up a huge plume of ash this week. GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott tells TVNZ that volcanic activity has been recorded for several weeks in a stretch of ocean and islands north of the capital, Nuku’alofa, and […]

Geoengineering a solution to volcano-induced atmospheric cooling – Experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on November 7th, 2014.

A rather unorthodox geoengineering study has examined the potential for greenhouse gases to play a positive role in humanity’s future… if  a giant volcanic ash cloud created a global winter by blocking out the sun. The paper, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined the potential for short-lived greenhouse gases to be used to […]

Volcanic eruption in Japan – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 29th, 2014.

Japanese volcano Mount Ontake erupted suddenly over the weekend, when the popular recreational site was crowded with hikers, resulting in significant casualties. Rescue efforts are ongoing and the total loss of life has yet to be confirmed. Latest reports indicate over 47 deaths, with dozens more injured in the eruption. Ontake’s last major eruption was […]

Bárðarbunga volcano – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 21st, 2014.

Locals and holidaymakers have been evacuated from areas near the Icelandic volcano Bárðarbunga, which has been threatening to erupt for the last few days. Although Bárðarbunga (Bardarbunga) isn’t spewing magma or ash yet, scientists are concerned about what Iceland’s Meteorological Office describes as an ‘intense seismic swarm’, where they recorded some 2,600 earthquakes over the weekend and detected the strongest earthquake since 1996 on Monday morning. Previously, […]

Tongariro volcanic eruption and ash fall – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 7th, 2012.

UPDATED 10.50AM AUG 8: An explosive eruption overnight on Mount Tongariro has spread ash across the Central North Island and led to travel warnings on major highways in the region. The volcano remains at alert level 2, indicating the onset of eruptive activity and changes to indicators of unrest. GNS Science is closely monitoring the situation. […]

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 […]

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