New Zealand volcano lets off steam 2km into air
WELLINGTON (AFP) - A volcano off New Zealand sent a plume of steam two kilometres into the air on Tuesday, although vulcanologists described the eruption as small and said it was over in minutes.
The GeoNet monitoring service said White Island, an uninhabited landmark off the North Island's Bay of Plenty, erupted at 10.23am (6.23am Singapore time).
"The eruption appears to have continued for about 10 minutes and mainly produced steam," it said, issuing an aviation warning for the area around the island but reporting no damage.
The volcanic activity is not believed to be related to a 6.5-magnitude earthquake which rocked Wellington on Friday on the other side of the North Island.