Story: Historic volcanic activity

Mt Ngāuruhoe erupting, 1974 (1st of 3)

Mt Ngāuruhoe erupting, 1974

The final and most powerful of Ngāuruhoe’s 1974–75 eruptions took place on 19 February 1975. A series of photographs, taken from the Mangatepopo valley, showed the development of a block and ash eruption. This photograph, taken approximately three seconds after a powerful explosion, shows an ash plume emerging from the crater.

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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 25 June 2024)

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