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1954 Ngāuruhoe eruption

In 1954 Mt Ngāuruhoe, in the central North Island, erupted. This video clip shows the front of the slow-moving lava flow. As it inched forwards, blocks broke off and tumbled down the 30-metre high face, often exposing red-hot lava.

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Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, 'Volcanoes - What is a volcano?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, published 12 Jun 2006