GNS Science maps show risk levels at White Island still high

Published: Thu 12 Dec 2019 05:02 PM
Risk assessment maps released by GNS Science (dated 02 and 12 December 2019) show the crater floor of Whakaari/White Island is still a high-risk area, with a further eruption looking increasingly likely.
The maps were released at a National Emergency Management Agency media briefing in Wellington today by GNS Science volcanologist Graham Leonard.
Risk assessments like this are regularly carried out on Whakaari/White Island, and the shaded areas indicate fatality risk decreasing as distance from the crater increases.
“Whakaari/White Island is an active volcano, and the estimated chance of an eruption is increasing every day,” Dr Leonard says.
“Today is less safe than yesterday, and the day before that.
“The red zone shows an area that would be considered a no-go for GNS Science staff, and the yellow zone would only be accessible in exceptional circumstances.
“GNS Science has provided this information to New Zealand Police, to support decision making about the safety of their personnel.”
Dr Leonard says the zones change daily and we will update the map, because Whakaari/White Island is highly volatile.
“This level of volcanic activity is the highest we’ve seen since the eruption in 2016.
“Our monitoring equipment is providing real-time data to the National Geohazards Monitoring Centre at the GNS Science campus in Avalon.
“GNS Science is providing a constant stream of information to the emergency response agencies and the public, and will update this forecast tomorrow – or sooner if there is a dramatic change.”

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

RBNZ To Implement $30bn Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme Of NZ Govt Bonds
By: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Monetary Policy With Very Low Interest Rates
By: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand
More Snow On Glaciers But No Good News, Say Scientists
Elevate NZ Venture Fund To Lift Productivity
By: New Zealand Government
New Legislation To Boost Organics
By: New Zealand Government
Misinformation Circulating On Biodiversity Policy
By: Forest And Bird
Govt Backs RBNZ Move To Support Economy With Lower Interest Rates
By: New Zealand Government
Reserve Bank announces further measures to support economy
Holding Off The COVID-19 Recession – Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Banking Sector Prepared For Responding To COVID-19
By: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Reserve Bank’s ‘unconventional Tools’ Are Conventional Elsewhere
By: Social Credit
RBNZ Survey: Experts Say An Out-of-cycle Rate Cut May Cause Panic
By: Finder
Next Steps Of Govt And Business COVID-19 Response
By: New Zealand Government
NZX falls following US interest rate cut
Coronavirus and the economy: Responding to Covid-19 with precision
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media