Three Overseas Tourists in Helicopter Crash on Mount Tarawera. Another Robinson R44 Downed

Authorities have been keen to downplay yet another helicopter crash involving overseas tourists, following the death of six tourists at Fox Glacier just 10 days ago.  Helicopters are now said to make “heavy landings” when they crash in New Zealand. Three overseas tourists and their pilot had to be rescued from the summit of Mount…

Mount Tongariro Erupts, Ash Cloud Heading East – updated

The North Island’s Mount Tongariro (Mount Doom of the Lord of the Rings movies) has erupted and an ash cloud is headed east. Ash deposits were later found to contain Fluorine which is  toxic and often used in pesticides (including 1080: Sodium monofluoroacetate) If further falls of greater than 2 mm (0.08 of an inch) are…

North Island Eruption Threat “Real” Warns Expert

“An eruption is coming, warns GNS Science volcanologist Dr Graham Leonard, and anyone living pretty much north of Wellington should be prepared. Leonard is part of a group of volcano experts advising local bodies, emergency services, government agencies and district health boards at a conference in Taupo this week, on how they can best prepare…