Future of the Environment

A new volcano alert system on New Zealand’s White Island could save lives

An aerial view of the Whakaari, also known as White Island volcano, in New Zealand. Image: REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Shane Cronin

Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Auckland

David Dempsey

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Science, University of Auckland


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Ash covers the ground after Mt Tongariro erupted overnight on August 7 2012. Image: NZ Police

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This image of the 2019 eruption of Whakaari White Island eruption was taken by a visitor. Image: Michael Schade/AAPA history of eruptions
The system provides real-time hazard information and a greater level of safety for tourists. Image: Nature
A memorial in Whakatane, following the White Island eruption in 2019. Image: Jorge Silva/Reuters
The Tongariro crossing is one of New Zealand’s most popular day walks and receives thousands of visitors each year. Image: EPA

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