More ‘small-scale’ eruptions possible
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 11:38a.m.
By 3 News online staff
GNS Science says more “small-scale” eruptions are possible at Mt Tongariro, after the mountain erupted overnight for the first time in a century.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there are more small-scale hydrothermal-driven eruptions,” says Brad Scott, GNS Science volcano surveillance coordinator.
Mr Scott spoke at a press conference this morning, saying the overnight eruption caught scientists off-guard.
"We're not seeing more energy being released, and we didn't see a lot of energy being released before the eruption," he says.
Nick Peat, from the Department of Conservation, says huts and tracks in the national park will be closed for the next 24-37 hours.
Ski fields are not affected, and will operate as usual.
Watch the full press conference.
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7/08/2012 4:12:45 p.m.
Joanne baker wrote:
My son was suppose to go on camp tomorrow at Turangi.Hes quite upset as I wont let him go.What amazes me is that im the only parent who seems to be worried.Nature is a force to be reckoned with and a Volcano is unpridictable.By the way I live in Whakatane.
7/08/2012 12:08:42 p.m.
Experts,experts,experts,how i love that term,hmmmm,i wonder if Krakatoa had a few small scale eruptions before it finally decided to blow itself out of the water,wonder if Tarawera did the same.
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