New Zealand N Island volcano spews ash

2012-08-06 21:05

Wellington - A volcano has erupted in New Zealand and planes have been warned of significant ash release.

Volcanic ash fell in areas near Mount Tongariro in central North Island late on Monday night. GNS Science issued a red aviation code, the highest level, for planes in the region.

The ministry of civil defence and emergency management advised residents of five nearby communities to stay indoors and to protect their eyes, mouth and nose if they were caught in volcanic ash.

Mount Tongariro is one of three volcanoes inside Tongariro National Park. Monday's eruption was the mountain's first in decades.

New Zealand is on the Pacific Ring of Fire and has frequent seismic activity.

An earthquake last year in Christchurch on South Island killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city's downtown.

  • jonathan.dupreez - 2012-08-06 23:25

    That's Mount Ruapehu in the image not Tongariro, and that was an eruption from 1996.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-06 23:57

      Journalism at its finest.

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-07 06:44

      The only connection here is that Mount Ruapehu is in the Tongariro National Park! One wonders why, when there are so many pics of Mt Tongariro erupting on the Internet, good old News24 has to grab a fake?

      busani.mabunda - 2012-08-09 09:42

      that is not Ruapahu. It is Tongariro !!!

  • tednhet - 2012-08-07 08:28

    Wow. Whatever Mountain it is, poor NZ is having it a bit rough.

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