Story: Historic volcanic activity

Incandescent ash column (3rd of 3)

Incandescent ash column

It is usually difficult and dangerous to get close to an ash column as it erupts from a vent. When this photograph was taken, in April 1977, a strong southerly wind was blowing away from the photographer, exposing the red-hot ash and gas in the centre of the column.

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Photograph by Simon Nathan

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Eileen McSaveney, Carol Stewart and Graham Leonard, 'Historic volcanic activity - Eruptions in early history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

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