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Eruption

Yes, and not of the emotional type but a real one, on Mt Ruapehu, just a couple of hours after we drove right past it along the Desert Road! We didn't see it because Ruapehu this time because it was buried in cloud, but at about half past eight last night, it burst out some steam-propelled rocks, some of which crashed into a climbers' hut and crushed a man's legs as he lay resting in his bunk. OMG! They had to close the road as a couple of lahars leaked out, so we were very lucky to have gotten past with no hassles!!
This is the top of the mountain on my best zoom from a previous journey as we went north past it (since I'm not at home I can't access all my pics, only the ones on photobucket)...
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And you can see it in the distance in this pic from the south end, one of my favourites
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So wow, the Desert Road was closed when this happened, so we would have been held up for ages. What luck to have gotten past when we did! Last time we came up here, there had been a huge lahar escape from the crater lake. These two were small in comparison, but I think people were frightened that someone got hurt this time.

Interesting times.

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greenpizzazz6
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Wow, that's crazy! It's great you got through. Was there just the one injury from the eruption?
natesmountain
Sep. 27th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
I think two people were hurt but that was all, which is pretty good. It will be hard on the ski season people during these last of the winter holidays though, as they are closing the mountain for five days. It will hurt their businesses terribly.
greenpizzazz6
Sep. 27th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
That is amazing, only two injuries. Too bad that it will hurt businesses, but it could be worse!
vivh
Sep. 27th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
I remember Ruapehu erupting when we lived in Hastings, we ended up with ash covering everything in the garden and all over the car... impossibly fine ash...

And once we flew past Ruapehu and could see great plumes of smoke billowing out of it... exciting! - but pretty scary.

Glad you weren't delayed though.
natesmountain
Sep. 27th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
- remember Ruapehu erupting when we lived in Hastings, we ended up with ash covering everything in the garden and all over the car... impossibly fine ash...
That must have been amazing, to be that far away and getting covered in ash. Mind you, when Lake Taupo originally went up, they apparently noticed it in China LOL!

Yeah, we've seen Ruapehu smoking, too. And Ngauruhoe when I was younger. I recall our plane having to make a dog leg round a mountain in the Philippines one time to get to Hong Kong around a smoking mountain!

I hope we can make it back past on Saturday!
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