Lightning seen around erupting New Zealand’s White Island volcano

Posted: August 10, 2012 in Australia, Emergencies, Environment, News, Uncategorized
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The Extinction Protocol

August 10, 2012NEW ZEALANDFlashes of lightning have been reported coming from White Island as the volcano continues to erupt since Sunday. White Island, which lies 48 kilometers off the Bay of Plenty coast, was raised to a Volcanic Alert Level 2 after a surveillance camera captured a small eruption from its crater last week. Whakatane Police said they received a number of calls reporting lightning of different colours since just after 7pm. GNS visited the island, which is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, this morning and confirmed it was still erupting with a 300 metre plume of ash spewing from the crater. GNS scientist Michael Rosenberg said volcanic lightning is quite common and is a result of ash generating static electricity. There were also reports this afternoon of ash falling on Papamoa, which is on the coast near Tauranga. “It is extremely fine, but it’s…

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