Authorities have raised the alert level to 1 for the first time ever.
The move comes as more than 700 earthquakes were recorded beneath the surface of Lake Taupo in one day, raising fears of an unprecedented rise in underground volcanic activity.
The Taupo supervolcano is responsible for the largest volcanic eruption on earth in the last 5,000 years when it exploded around 1,800 years ago.
According to YouTube channel OzGeographics, the earthquakes are most likely associated with the movement of magma beneath the ground. This activity and deformation has been occuring since May this year.
‘This could mean that a large volume of magma is injecting into the magma chamber, or, more scarily, it could be a sign that magma from the magma chamber is moving towards the surface in the form of a powerful eruption.
‘But, fear not, it’s only moved from a volcanic alert level of zero to one, meaning there’s minor volcanic unrest. But then again, when things move, they tend to do so rapidly, and this volcano does have a history of frequent past eruptions, prior to the major one which occured 1,800 years ago, meaning there is a chance, a possibility, albeit slim, that things could be taking a major turn for the worse here.
‘If this replicated the 200 BC eruption, let’s just say the vast majority of the North Island would be devastated in a manner we probably couldn’t accurately fathom in our minds, and for a good reason – it would be horrifying beyond belief.’