Ring of fire: a deep dive into New Zealand’s volcanic risks

New Zealand is no stranger to natural hazards, having suffered more than its fair share of storms, earthquakes, floods and landslides over the past few decades. But one risk that has seemed fairly distant to most is volcanic eruptions, with many forgetting that New Zealand is a country built almost entirely out of land pushed out of the sea by erupting volcanoes.

New Zealand sits on the Pacific ‘ring of fire,’ a geographical area known for its significant earthquake and volcanic activity. Auckland alone is sitting on over 50 volcanoes, and 10 major still-active ones are scattered all over the country. Mild eruptions occur regularly.

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