Late last night (NZ time), a volcano (Mt. Tongariro) on New Zealand’s North Island erupted, spewing red rock and spreading ash across much of the centre of North Island, creating an eight mile hazard zone, closing highways and delaying flights. But we are fine, where we live here in Whakatete Bay (north of Thames). The ash is unlikely to affect us, because the winds are blowing the ash east.
This is the first eruption of this mountain in over 100 years, the last being in 1897.
This is a satellite photo of the volcanic eruption plume, as seen by moonlight.
The picture below is of a previous eruption nearby (21 km away, at Mt Ruapehu).
I’ll post photos of the present eruption as soon as some are available.
Live webcam of Tongariro (usually hidden in clouds):
and in case the above LIVE webcam photo doesn’t show anything, due to clouds or darkness, here is a capture of that webcam during a semi-clear day. The eruption lasted only a few minutes around midnight local time, and there has been nothing to see since then.
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