Whakaari/White Island remains active, no-go zone reduced

7:23 am on 7 January 2020

Whakaari/White Island remains active, with hot gas and steam coming from vents opened by the December eruption.

Whakaari / White Island

File photo. Photo: Unsplash / Farrah Fuerst

Scientists at GNS Science have given an update today on the state of the volcano off the Bay of Plenty a month after it exploded killing seventeen.

Two people are still listed as missing.

The volcanic alert remains at level two, indicating heightened risk.

But GNS says no further eruptions have been observed since December, although its infrared cameras are picking up emissions of steam and gas.

Satellite scans show some landslides at the back of the crater wall.

Experts met this morning and decided to reduce a no-go zone for GNS staff but it remains bigger than the island so staff cannot go back for standard operations.

It will review the situation again in February.

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