Volcano Erupts in New Zealand

Rafael Perez, Staff Writer

     The well known Whakaari volcano, is New Zealand’s most active volcano. Located on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty, it is a cone volcano and its been growing for 150,000 years. According to Geonet,  the volcano has been a popular place to come and more than 10,000 people visit this tourist location every year. The last known eruption of Whakaari was in 2001. On December 8th, the volcano unfortunately erupted, and killed at least 5 and leaving at least 20 people were injured. 

     According to CNN, after the eruption a volcanic ash advisory was issued at 2:30 p.m. local time by MetService, which is New Zealand’s meteorological service. Authorities have told the people near the area to stay indoors door due to the ashfall from Whakaari. The plume of the volcano, the column of hot ash from the volcano, was reaching up to 12,000 feet into the sky. This means the plume of the volcano was too massive, but still very deadly and dangerous to locals and people near the volcano when it erupted. 

   

Photo from the Chicago Tribue

It’s tragic how a natural disaster could happen so unexpectedly and take lives along the way. Hopefully this problem will get better for the sake of the community living near the volcano and the surrounding environment as well. Hopefully no more lives are taken by Whakaari.