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Mt Ruapehu is erupting, possible disruption to travel

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Mt Ruapehu is erupting, possible disruption to travel

There will be travel disruptions today at least as MtRuapehuu has erupted. more information will be available later today when scientist have the benefit of daylight

go to Geo net web site www.geonet.org.nz/volcano/alert-bulletins/

areas most likely to be disrupted is East of Tongariro. desert road is curently closed. Air NZ will fly, however this will be reviewed as time goes on, but the Western region is expected to be free of volanic ash

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1. Re: Mt Ruapehu is erupting, possible disruption to travel

It's Mt Tongariro which is erupting, not Mt Ruapehu. Civil Defence updates which will give coordinated emergency information are here

http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

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2. Re: Mt Ruapehu is erupting, possible disruption to travel

Wet weather predicted for the area should reduce any ash cloud that may have resulted from the eruption. There have been a few evacuations from small settlements to the north and west of the mountain. This is not like the makor eruption of Mt Ruapehu a few years ago. Apparently Tongariro last blew its stack in 1898 but has been rumbling over the past week or two. Fun and games on the ski fields.

For those contemplating the Tongariro Alpine Crossing over coming days I would give it a miss, just to be on the safe side.

Edited: 06 August 2012, 21:24
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3. Re: Mt Ruapehu is erupting, possible disruption to travel

According to stuff.co.nz, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is now closed, although I haven't been able to confirm this on an official website (eg Department of Conservation, Civil Defence). Whakapapa skifield on its website advises that it is open today and is unaffected by the eruption which is 20km away on another mountain.

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4. Re: Mt Ruapehu is erupting, possible disruption to travel

Updates from YahooNZ & stuff.co.nz - SH1, the main road between Turangi and Waiouru known as the "Desert Road" has reopened to traffic movements today. Motorists are advised to exercise care if you are needing to drive this route at present.

Napier airport cancelled early flights this morning as a precautionary measure since the cloud ash is blowing in an easterly direction at present. Check the flight schedule for flights in/out of Napier, Taupo, Gisborne & Rotorua airports in case of travel disruption. Air NZ continues to fly the main trunk routes including Auckland to Wellington, and other points north and south of the central plateau & Tongariro NP area. Flying zones are being monitored, as are all other services & facilities that stand to be affected by any further volcanic activity.

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