Volcanic eruption

There are many active volcanoes throughout the world, and thousands of people living in the shadows of these potentially dangerous volcanic areas. During a volcanic eruption, lava, ash, bombs and/or volcanic gases can be ejected into the atmosphere and onto the earth's surface. Eruptions range from the quiet overflow of magma to the tremendously violent expulsion of pyroclastics (ash & bombs), all of which can threaten life and property. If your community lives in a volcanic region you need to plan for when disaster strikes.

How Natural Hazards New Zealand can help:

Any volcanic hazard plan first begins with an assessment of the hazard and risk your region faces. For this, Natural Hazards New Zealand can undertake hazard assessment, microzonation and hazard risk studies; damage and loss assessment modelling; and economic impact studies. When your region’s volcanic hazard and risk has been assessed, we at the Natural Hazards New Zealand (NHNZ) cluster know that physical and chemical monitoring can often offer early-warning of a volcanic eruption, allowing your community to activate good emergency response planning ahead of time. Community awareness is also essential to reduce volcanic hazard impacts as an understanding of, and preparation for, ash-fall is important to large areas and populations potentially down-wind from volcanoes. We can offer training packages and public education courses to help raise awareness. As you will see from our volcanic hazard-related projects below, we’re already employed around the globe with this type of planning and preparedness, including several World Bank, Asia Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, NZAid and AusAID-funded initiatives.

If your region does not have volcanic hazard plans in place, or your plans need upgrading, we would like to help.

Click here to view some NHNZ volcanic eruption projects

Natural Hazards Inc. members and their key experts with experience on volcanic eruption:

GNS Science

Massey University/GNS Science - Joint Centre for Disaster Research