The alert level at New Zealand's Taupo Volcano was raised to Level 1 for the first time on Tuesday.

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Although this is the first time the volcanic alert has been raised to Level 1, this is not the first volcanic unrest at Taupo, said GeoNet, which provides geological hazard information for New Zealand.

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There have been 17 previous episodes of unrest over the past 150 years.

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Several of these were more severe than what we are currently observing at Taupo," said a GeoNet statement.

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The last eruption at Taupo Volcano was around 232 AD, Fournier said. "The chance of an eruption at Taupo remains very low in any one year

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GNS Science, through the GeoNet program, continually monitors Taupo Volcano and other active volcanoes for signs of activity.

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"While some of the earthquakes may be felt in areas around Lake Taupo, the deformation is currently only detectable by our sensitive monitoring instruments," Fournier said.

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The earthquake sequence beneath the central part of Lake Taupo has continued, he said, adding almost 700 minor earthquakes

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While Volcano Alert Level 1 is mostly associated with environmental hazards, the potential for eruption hazards also exists

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