The level of volcanic activity at White Island has increased late this morning with minor volcanic ash been passively emitted from a vent on the 2012 lava dome. A report from the island at 11.50 h has confirmed the ash emission.
The Volcanic Alert Level is now raised to Level 3, from Level 1.
The Aviation Colour Code is changed from Green to Orange.
The current activity is minor. We are unsure of the implications for visitor safety and will be issuing a further VAB later this afternoon (3 pm).
Update from Steve Sherburn, Duty Volcanologist – GEONET.
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