Volcanic hazards in the Kermadec Islands, and at submarine volcanoes between southern Tonga and New Zealand

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Latter, J.H.; Lloyd, E.F.; Smith, I.E.M.; Nathan, S. 1992 Volcanic hazards in the Kermadec Islands, and at submarine volcanoes between southern Tonga and New Zealand. [Palmerston North, NZ]: Ministry of Civil Defence. Volcanic hazards information series 4. 45 p.

Abstract: Risks resulting from eruptions of Rumble III and IV, and the seamounts mentioned above, cannot be reliably estimated. It is probable, however, that all are capable of generating moderate-sized tsunami. There is certainly danger to shipping in the vicinity, and, in the event of a large eruption, also to aircraft. There is no information at present on recurrence intervals of eruptions at these volcanoes. An awareness of possible risks associated with eruptions in the Kermadecs or at the Rumble seamounts is not the only reason for drawing attention to these volcanoes. As an integral part of our environment, knowledge about them for its own sake is important. The existence of these fascinating submarine mountains, whose peaks, even in the Kermadecs, barely reach above the surface of the ocean, is a fact of which all ought to be aware. (auths)

 

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