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White Island may be ready to erupt

Volcanic News: New Zealand
Photo: White Island Crater

Feb 15, 2007
Geologists say the crater lake on White Island has jumped to a record temperature of 74degC and the water level has plunged 6m - possibly signalling an eruption on the island.
The drop in water level "may cause instability in the geothermal system that could result in minor eruptive activity," said GNS Science volcanic surveillance co-ordinator Brad Scott.
White Island in the Bay of Plenty has not erupted since 2000 but the water level has risen 30m in the past six years.
The water temperature in its crater lake has jumped from 45degC last August to over 60degC in January and was now 74degC. The lake water was also very acidic "like scalding hot battery acid", Mr Scott said.



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Eurasia's highest volcano erupts again in Russia's Far East
Feb 15, 2007
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, February 15 (RIA Novosti) - Eurasia's highest volcano, Klyuchevskoi, has begun erupting on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, a prominent scientist said Thursday.
The eruption does not immediately threaten the peninsula's settlements, but volcanic ash, consisting of magma particles with a diameter of up to 2 millimeters (.078 inches), can poison land and water. Ash emissions and trails can also present a danger to aircraft.
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