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Mount Tongariro Erupting!

Postby nyker » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:13 pm

Mount Tongariro started erupting last night in New Zealand!

The last time this volcano erupted was 1897.

Nothing major has happened yet except for some ashfall, but there is the
potential for a very large event. Apparently this was steam driven,
but some folks think this could trigger a larger magmatic event.

Why do I care and Why am I posting this?

I used to live in that region of the world on a work assignment and
I climbed Tongariro earlier this year, as well as two other neighboring volcanoes in
Tongariro National Park (see my trip report below for some views of the region):
Image #15 is the Ketetahi area where the eruption is said to have taken place.

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11405&parmuser=nyker&cpgm=tripuser

Something to look out for!

Other news clips:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/live-updates-mount-tongariro-eruption-5010016

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7426862/Mt-Tongariro-erupts-for-first-time-in-over-100-years

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Re: Mount Tongariro Erupting!

Postby Mark A Steiner » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:23 pm

Wow, well written and depicted trip report! Beautiful colors down there - and amazing volcanic terrain.

If the eruption is phreatic (steam only) it could get violent for that reason. Or, it could just release steam and go quiet. The seismologists are probably closely watching their recording stations. A magmatic eruption is likely if local tremors become harmonic.
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Re: Mount Tongariro Erupting!

Postby desertdog » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:24 am

I lived in NZ a couple years ago and climbed Tongariro. Great country! I am heading back to NZ in 2/13. Hope everything settles down by then. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Mount Tongariro Erupting!

Postby jdorje » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:49 am

If the eruption drops it below 6000', you'll be damn glad you marked it off your 6er checklist before that happened. The rest of us will never be able to match it. I hope you got your 3000' of elevation gain in though; no going back now.
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Re: Mount Tongariro Erupting!

Postby Billy the Kid » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:12 am

Great! I hope this doesn't turn out to be too bad. I have booked reservations to hike the Milford Track and Routeburn Track this February. I will be beyond pissed if this messes that up! We will be on the South Island, however, so hopefully we will be okay [-o<
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Re: Mount Tongariro Erupting!

Postby nyker » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:08 am

Yea, should be interesting! Hopefully it won't do much damage to the area or people's homes around there. The whole region there is beautiful.

Billy, you should be fine unless it does get more active and then if so, there could be an issue if you are planning to drive down the North Island or
have a flight from Auckland to Queenstown, which could be disrupted.

If you are flying directly into Christchurch then to Qtown you should be good since both of those tracks are in the deep south. If it does erupt (or trigger another nearby volcano to erupt (Ngaurahoe or Ruapehu), then the airlines should be able to work with you.

I've done the Routeburn and it was great! Expect to get wet though wherever you will be walking.

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