Volcanic ash fall is a hazard we should prepare for as there are potential ash sources in several directions around Tauranga with White island, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tarawera all in the vicinity.
Historically we have had light ash falls roughly once every 10 years or so. Ash effects are more a nuisance than a life threatening hazard. Nevertheless our communities could be affected by ash fall through electrical shorting, respiratory problems and traffic hazards related to lack of visibility and traction.
We are currently undertaking a study of potential ash fall in the city that considers elements such as source volcano, wind direction and eruption intensity to model the probability and depth of ash that we may have to deal with.
The results of this study are due late in 2019.
Last Reviewed: 20/01/2021