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White Island is New Zealand's only active marine volcano. It is situated 48 kms from the coast of the North Island. Volcanologists continually monitor the volcano’s activity via surveillance cameras. Survey pegs, magnetometers and seismograph equipment for early earthquake warnings via radio have also been installed on the crater walls. Between July and August this year White Island showed signs of increased activity with lake and gas levels rising from inside the crater. On 5 August 2012 a minor eruption occurred, sending ash into the air. More eruptions have followed since.

Sulphur mining was attempted on the island but was abandoned in 1914 after a lahar (mudflow) killed all 10 workers on the island. Now the main activities on the island are guided tours and scientific research.

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