Story: Volcanoes

Explosive eruption, Mt Ruapehu

Explosive eruption, Mt Ruapehu

When Mt Ruapehu started to erupt in September 1995, water mixed with ash, blocks and bombs was thrown from the crater lake. Where this mixture fell outside the crater, it formed several muddy lahars that flowed down the mountainside. This photograph shows one of the first eruptions, on 23 September 1995.

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Photograph by Dougall Gordon

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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 16 January 2018)

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