Story: Historic volcanic activity

Near Tangiwai bridge

This film was made by amateur photographer Edwin Nitschke, using an 8-mm camera on 26 December 1953. It shows the scene close to the site of the Tangiwai bridge. Although the Whangaehu River dropped rapidly after the peak of the lahar passed, it was still running high two days after the flood.

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Film by Edwin Nitschke

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Eileen McSaveney, Carol Stewart and Graham Leonard, 'Historic volcanic activity - Ruapehu and the Tangiwai disaster', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/6872/near-tangiwai-bridge (accessed 27 June 2017)

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