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The eruption

On our way home... Mt Ruapehu from the Desert Road today. You can see the grey mess of Tuesday's eruption in the centre top. One poor climber, asleep in a hut showered with rocks, has lost a leg because of it.
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Here is a close up (thank you, zoom lens)
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And from another angle (sorry about the hated power lines in this one) - you can see the damage from one of the lahars, I think
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Amazing, huh, that we could just drive past (admittedly in the distance) and assume/hope nothing else is gonna happen.

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greenpizzazz6
Sep. 29th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
It's crazy, because it looks so scenic, but it's so dangerous.
natesmountain
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
You're right about the dangers. Our scenery is so beautiful, and because we don't have dangerous animals or any snakes or bad spiders, people tend to think NZ is safe to roam about in. But really, in a lot of ways it's still a wild country. A gentle bush walk can be a killer as tourists and even locals underestimate the density of the bush and the rugged terrain hidden beneath. And I guess we shouldn't really play on volcanoes... !!
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