Story: Historic volcanic activity

Political rumblings

Political rumblings

The Ngāuruhoe eruptions in February 1975 took place at the same time as the French were carrying out nuclear testing at Moruroa (Mururoa) Atoll, in the Pacific Ocean. Cartoonist Eric Heath suggested that the eruption was a symbolic protest by subterranean forces against the nuclear explosions.

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Cartoon by Eric Heath

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Eileen McSaveney, Carol Stewart and Graham Leonard, 'Historic volcanic activity - Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, Carol Stewart and Graham Leonard, published 12 Jun 2006