The alert level of White Island has been raised after the volcano began emitting ash.
Tourists on White Island got a rare chance to see the volcano in action today, as rocks and mud were thrown into the air.
A White Island eruption looks increasingly likely, with increased signs of volcanic activity and nearly continuous tremors.
Volcanic earthquakes on White Island have made it more hazardous, and aviation alerts have been upgraded to orange.
White Island's threat to the mainland is an 'urban myth', says a GNS volcanologist.
Civil Defence is advising visitors to White Island that it could erupt at any time with little or no warning.
GNS Science says White Island’s current eruption episode has now finished.
The volcanoes that dominate the Central North Island remain tourist attractions despite increased activity.
The alert level around Mt Tongariro has been reduced to its lowest level.
Volcanic activity on White Island has eased off, but visiting the island is the riskiest it has been in almost a decade.
GNS Science has confirmed magma is present inside Mt Tongariro, which could mean another large eruption is possible.
Tourist operators are being warned to take extreme caution when visiting White Island after the volcano sprung into life yesterday.
All eyes have been on Mt Tongariro this week, so not to be outdone White Island has decided to remind locals it too is still an active volcano.
White Island's vent is now 50 metres wide, and has built what is known as a tuft cone.
GNS Science has confirmed the White Island volcano is in eruption for the first time in 11 years.
Volcanic White Island has erupted with "some kind of burp" in a small event signalling a change in the nature of its activity, GNS Science says.
The volcanic alert level at White Island has been increased to level 2.
GNS Science has issued a volcanic alert for White Island after increased activity in the crater lake and numerous earthquakes.
An earthquake has struck near White Island.
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