New Zealand GeoNet says tremor activity increases at White Island volcano

A satellite imagery of the White Island volcano, also known as Whakaari, taken on December 11, 2019 following its eruption in New Zealand. Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Wellington (Reuters) – Tremor activity at New Zealand’s White Island volcano increased on Wednesday, geological agency GeoNet said, two days after an eruption that killed six people, left eight missing and presumed dead, and seriously injured 30.

In a statement, GeoNet said that at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday) it had calculated at 40% to 60% the risk of an eruption that would impact beyond the island volcano’s vent area in the next 24 hours.

“Since this expert judgment was made this morning, volcanic tremor has increased,” it added.