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…

Mount Tongariro Gases Above Normal – Updated

Update 7 August 2012. For a full update to this story click here Mount Tongariro Erupts ash cloud headed east. Scientists are saying that the activity could continue for months, even years after the volcano had lain dormant for almost 100 years. Civil Defence has said that volcanic activity may threaten Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne,…

Mount Tongariro About To Blow?

Another reminder today that New Zealand straddles the Pacific Rim of Fire and is a geologically active country. Scientists have issues a yellow alert for Mount Tongariro following a recent increase in the number of volcanic earthquakes beneath the mountain. The volcanic activity comes against the background of other earthquakes  in New Zealand over the…