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Old November 21 2012, 02:11 AM   #1
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Volcanic eruption in New Zealand

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10849028

Mount Tongariro has erupted, GNS Science reports.
The eruption came from Te Maari Crater, on the western side of the mountain, shortly before 1.30pm.
A massive plume of ash can be seen coming from the mountain.
GNS Science duty volcanologist Nico Fournier told APNZ the eruption happened about 1.20pm.
"There was one eruption, essentially one explosion, and it was not sustained. It spewed some ash possibly a couple of kilometres up the air. The ash is now drifting to the east-southeast.''
Adrift NZ, which runs tours of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, had around 50 people on the mountain today.
Been rubbling for a week, although some thought Ruapehu would blow first.
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Old November 21 2012, 02:14 AM   #2
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Well, I hope everyone (including yourself) is okay and unharmed!
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Old November 21 2012, 02:27 AM   #3
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I'm over 900km away so I'm sweet, cheers!

I have done the Tongariro crossing though and it would be pretty scary if the thing erupted while you were on it.
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Old November 21 2012, 03:01 AM   #4
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I'm over 900km away so I'm sweet, cheers!

I have done the Tongariro crossing though and it would be pretty scary if the thing erupted while you were on it.
Good to hear! Also, if I were there, I would crap myself.
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Old November 21 2012, 04:04 AM   #5
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Apparently two small people were seen throwing a ring into it a few moments earlier...
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Old November 21 2012, 09:16 AM   #6
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A friend and co-worker who was filming a documentary in the national park just put this on Facebook:

Survived the Te Maari crater eruption by one hour. We were on it at all morning filming, choppered off at 12:20 pm, it blew at 1:30 pm.

Thank you fate! Its good to be alive!!!!!
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Old November 21 2012, 04:29 PM   #7
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Re: Volcanic eruption in New Zealand

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Apparently two small people were seen throwing a ring into it a few moments earlier...


Glad it wasn't a huge eruption - New Zealand could do with some quiet times for a year or two
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Old November 21 2012, 04:56 PM   #8
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A friend and co-worker who was filming a documentary in the national park just put this on Facebook:

Survived the Te Maari crater eruption by one hour. We were on it at all morning filming, choppered off at 12:20 pm, it blew at 1:30 pm.

Thank you fate! Its good to be alive!!!!!
My goodness, that was close. I'm glad your friend is alright.
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Old November 21 2012, 10:06 PM   #9
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Footage of the moment:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7981...gariro-Ruapehu
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