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Lahar!!!

OMG, I didn't tell you about the lahar that burst out of Mount Ruapehu yesterday. Check out the photo gallery inside here
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10429513
It's in the area where I'll be taking my 'road trip'! Fascinating, the thermal activity in the core of this North Island! A lahar (which is fluid that bursts from a crater lake, mud and volcanic water) swept down in the dark in 1953 at Tangiwai and took out a rail bridge, just before a train came along. It was a disaster, killing 151 people. This time, the warning systems all worked well, and no one was killed. A lahar is like concrete, it flows but then it can set solid as a rock (btw lahar is an Indonesian word for mudslide).

So. Stuff happens, huh.

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margaret_r
Mar. 20th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Yep, heard about it too. It's a good thing you weren't on your trip this week, at the very least you would have had delays. Hope there are no more incidents!
natesmountain
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can't imagine there will be any more incidents, although apparently there have been some earthquakes up there... *g* And it sure would have meant delays, two State Highways were closed for a while.

-Hope there are no more incidents!
Thanks!

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