Tagged: White Island

Scientists should welcome charges against agency over Whakaari/White Island — if it helps improve early warning systems - News

Guest Author Dec 01, 2020

Shane Cronin The decision by Worksafe, a government agency focused on workplace safety, to bring criminal charges against 13 parties in relation to last December’s eruption of Whakaari/White Island heralds a new chapter for volcano scientists in New Zealand. On December 9, 2019, 22 people died and 25 suffered injuries when Whakaari erupted. They were not locals caught … Read More

Call for clearer risk information for tourists following Whakaari/White Island tragedy - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 17, 2019

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia and James Higham, University of Otago In the aftermath of the tragedy at Whakaari/White Island on December 9, many are analysing the risks of adventure tourism, particularly volcano tourism, and asking pointed questions. It is a sensitive time, with 15 people now confirmed dead, many hospitalised in critical condition, and two bodies yet … Read More

Why do people criticise emergency services and their decisions following a disaster? - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Dec 16, 2019

Why have we seen such criticisms of the emergency response and the decision to delay recovery rather than take immediate action? Why do some people think they can make better decisions that the Police and other authorities? To understand this better, we need to think about how and why we might feel the need to make decisions for other … Read More

How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Dec 12, 2019

As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and wider international communities are affected, and will continue … Read More

To Destroy, or Preserve? That is the Question on the Effects of Volcanism in Archaeology - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Aug 16, 2012

In front of me a volcano is erupting.  This is a slight exaggeration…but from my window last Friday, I could see a long low trail of ash from White Island spread above the horizon, and small billows of white changing form where another burst of steam spews forth. I have been fighting the urge to go and buy a stronger set … Read More