Two climbers were caught in the blast at a hut 600 m from the vent. With some 10 eruptions since 1861, Mount Ruapehu is one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes. Parasitic eruptions also occurred at Pukeonake, a scoria cone to the northwest of Ruapehu, and at several isolated craters near Ohakune. A particularly powerful eruption in the early hours of 21 August was heard in Hawkes Bay and the Tararua District, loud enough to awaken people from sleep and cause alarm. Ruapehu erupted at 10:24 p.m. on 4 October 2006. [6][8], Crater Lake is emptied by major eruptions, such as the ones in 1945 and 1995–1996, but refills after eruptions subside, fed by melting snow and vented steam. The ash produced by the activity closed airports, caused damage to hydroelectric power facilities, and closed State Highway 1 (Johnston et al., 2000). Natural landmark inspired trilogy’s Mount Doom and last erupted nine years ago [8][9] Evidence suggests that an open-vent system such as this has been in place throughout Ruapehu's 250,000 year history. [6] Eruptions during this period are believed to have built a steep volcanic cone around a central crater, which would have been located somewhere near the present-day upper Pinnacle Ridge. The small eruption was marked by a magnitude 2.9 volcanic earthquake and sent waves 4–5 metres (16 ft) tall crashing into the wall of the crater. During September and October of 1995, a series of ash-producing eruptions occurred at Mt Ruapehu. [15] A lava dome was observed in Crater Lake on 19 March but was destroyed in a series of explosive eruptions over the following week. There was no serious damage and no injuries. No ash was erupted into the atmosphere, and the eruption is presumed to have occurred entirely underwater. During the 1995–96 eruptions of Ruapehu, tephra was produced by the rise and explosive expansion of hot gas through molten andesite lava. Although Mount Ruapehu last erupted in 2007, there have been a number of GeoNet alerts over the last 13 years warning of irregular activity. [43], Some scenes of the fictional Mordor and Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy were filmed on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu. The last eruption on Mt. The eruptions dispersed ash across most of the North Island, and eruption columns could be seen from as far afield as Palmerston North, Whanganui, and Hawkes Bay. Make sure you check with DOC before embarking on any tracks which may be within this zone or in a known lahar path. Last week he climbed the mountain again. Although, there will intermittently be other sizable events in between. The last major eruption was in 1996 and the last lahar was in March 2007. An estimated 1.9–3.8 million cubic metres of mud, rock, and water travelled down the Whangaehu river. Ruapehu was in 2007. After the 1996 eruption it was recognised that a catastrophic lahar could again occur when Crater Lake burst the volcanic ash dam blocking the lake outlet as it did in 1953. [14], The main volcanic hazard at Ruapehu is from lahars. Please note this is not a track and is less stable walking than on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Regular gas flights and lake sampling are also undertaken as weather permits. [13], Earthquake swarms to the west of Ruapehu between November 1994 and September 1995 marked the beginning of renewed heightened activity at the volcano. [10][30] A snow groomer on the Whakapapa skifield narrowly avoided being caught in the lahar there. Mount Ruapehu is one of the more active volcanoes within the Taupo Volcanic Zone (others include Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe). However, by 160,000 years ago a complex network of magma dikes and sills had formed in the crust under the volcano, and lava erupted since that time shows signs of extensive mixing between different magma chambers prior to eruptions. [11], Beginning approximately 55,000 years ago, a third phase of cone-building eruptions began, creating the Mangawhero Formation. The lake gradually filled with snowmelt and had reached the level of the hard rock rim by January 2005. Above the line, glaciers flow from the peak. [6] Ruapehu has been built in four distinct stages of relatively intense eruptive activity followed by periods of relative quiet. Animal deaths occurred as a result … Bursts of earthquake activity immediately preceded rapid rises in the temperature of Crater Lake, with the surface temperature reaching 51.4°C in January 1995—one of the highest temperatures recorded in 30 years and about 10°C higher than its usual peak temperature. They are the two largest ski fields in New Zealand, with Whakapapa the larger. Although Mount Ruapehu last erupted in 2007, there have been a number of GeoNet alerts over the last 13 years warning of irregular activity. The eruptions aren’t the only threat from the volcano, however. [15] A tephra dam had formed at the lake's normal outlet during the eruptions, which eventually collapsed on 24 December 1953 causing a lahar that led to the Tangiwai disaster with the loss of 151 lives when the Tangiwai railway bridge across the Whangaehu River collapsed while the lahar was in full flood, just before an express train crossed it. Ash caused disruption to several North Island communities, entering houses, causing eye and throat irritation, and damaging paintwork on cars. It was a moderate phreatic eruption, which blasted rocks up to 1 km northwest of the crater and sent lahars down several valleys. The last major eruption occurred in the mid-1990s and affected around 100,000 people . There are two active vents under the lake, dubbed North Vent and Central Vent. Whakapapa has five chair lifts with limited accommodation and refreshments available at Top o' the Bruce (the car park at the top of Bruce Road) and at the entry to Whakapapa, and elsewhere on the mountain. New Zealand's Mount Ruapehu volcano sends a cloud of ash 10,000 meters into the air (old picture). Mount Ruapehu eruption risk: Hikers warned away from ‘Lord of the Rings’ volcano in New Zealand. [25], At 11:22 a.m. 18 March 2007, the tephra dam which had been holding back Crater Lake burst, sending a lahar down the mountain. [41][42], The glaciers on Mount Ruapehu are the only glaciers in the North Island. Ruapehu is largely composed of andesite and began erupting at least 250,000   years ago. This was the largest eruption since 1945. After a peak of moderate strength in early March, the tremor declined slowly, almost in parallel to the lake’s cooling trend. A volcano alert has been issued after a moderate 2.8 magnitude earthquake occurred at Mount Ruapehu last night at 10.30 p.m. (NZDT). [5] Eruptions between 10,000 and 2,500 years ago generated lava flows that all flowed into this ampitheatre and created the slopes of the modern skifield. 10 years ago William Pike lost his leg in an eruption on Mt Ruapehu. By 3 p.m. there were still over 100 cars in the Whakapapa car park and those who had not been able to leave by that point were told to settle in for the night. In between eruptions, a lake forms in the volcano’s caldera from melting snow. Only nine minutes of volcanic-seismic activity preceded the eruption, but crater dilation had been measured by a geodetic survey two weeks earlier. Mount Ruapehu, a still active volcano, is steeped in Māori legend and harsh volcanic activity. Ruapehu has erupted from multiple craters over its lifetime, however, only one crater is presently active, a deep crater at the southern end of the summit plateau which is filled with hot, acidic water, dubbed Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe). [5] It has not been clearly established when Ruapehu first began erupting, only that eruptions began at least 250,000 years ago and possibly as early as 340,000 years ago. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions remains steady. [9] The climbers nearly drowned before the hut floor gave way and the water drained into the basement seismometer vault. They spent the night in relative comfort and all descended safely the next morning. Small eruptions only affect the summit plateau around the Crater Lake, however the larger ones can generate lahars down the slopes. Mount Ruapehu, a still active volcano, is steeped in Māori legend and harsh volcanic activity. These are mainly owned by private clubs. Join us for lunch on top of the North Island highest volcano from where you can gaze down into the geothermal waters of the crater lake. The small eruption created a volcanic earthquake of magnitude 2.8, sending a water plume 200 m into the air and 6-m waves crashing into the wall of the crater. Our expert volcanologists and photographers offer unique travel experiences: Ruapehu volcano sat by (c) Google Earth View. Ruapehu is one of New Zealand's most active volcanoes and forms the highest peak of the North Island. Ruapehu has two commercial ski fields, Whakapapa on the northern side and Turoa on the southern slope. Its last major eruptions were in 1995 and 1996. Chemical analysis of the water in Crater Lake is regularly undertaken along with airborne gas measurements. The season is generally from June to October but depends on snow and weather conditions. Possible eruption at Ruapehu Volcano in New Zealand Thursday, October 5, 2006 A picture of Mount Ruapehu A volcano alert has been issued after a moderate 2.8 magnitude earthquake occurred at Mount Ruapehu last night at 10.30 p.m. (NZDT). At 20:26 (NZDT) on 25 September 2007 a moderate gas-driven eruption beneath the summit Crater Lake of Mt. An eruption warning system operates in the ski field to warn skiers in the event of another eruption.[34]. "Of course I'd like to have my leg, and be able to go higher, faster, further. Join us for lunch on top of the North Island highest volcano from where you can gaze down into the geothermal waters of the crater lake. Crater Lake at Ruapehu volcano (image: @geonet/twitter). Activity resumed in June and July of 1996 with a further series of explosive eruptions. The 1995-1996 Mount Ruapehu eruptions provided an excellent opportunity to study the physical, social and economic impacts of a small volcanic eruption on New Zealand communities. 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