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Mount Doom Is About To Blow! New Zealand Volcano Used In Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings Movies Set To Erupt

Monday, November 19, 2012 9:03
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  • Hikers have been warned to avoid the summit of Mount Ruapehu
  • Partially blocked vent means eruptions ‘over the next weeks to months’

By Leon Watson

PUBLISHED:06:17 EST, 19 November 2012| UPDATED:10:26 EST, 19 November 2012

A New Zealand volcano that featured as Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in a subterranean vent, officials have said.

The Department of Conservation warned hikers to avoid the summit of Mount Ruapehu, saying that temperature readings by scientists indicated there was an increased risk of eruption at New Zealand’s largest active volcano.

‘The current situation can’t continue, Ruapehu is so active that the temperatures have been going up and down a lot,’ DOC volcanic risk manager Harry Keys told Radio New Zealand.


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Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu, which is set to erupt, in the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu, which is set to erupt, in the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

‘They generally haven’t gone up as we’ve expected for some weeks now and sooner or later that situation will be rectified, either in a small, relatively passive way, or with a significant eruption.’

Official monitoring body GNS Science said the temperature a few hundred metres below a lake in the crater of the North Island mountain was estimated at 800C (1,472F) but the temperature at the lake itself was just 20C (68F).

It said this indicated a vent was partially blocked, leading to increased pressure that made eruptions more likely ‘over the next weeks to months’.

The 2,797m (9,177f) mountain last erupted in 2007, sending a lahar – a fast-moving stream of mud and debris – down the mountain but causing no injuries.

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  • Mayhem

    Yes faultless stuff though I would like to point out that no one lives too close. Pyroclastic flows being the largest immediate concern. That would have to involve a cataclysmic eruption 1000 times worse than anything we’ve ever seen and we’ve had our share. :neutral:

    Sure a moderate eruption could cut a major arterial route but we do have an alternate, or two, and we normally fix stuff up fairly smartly when it gets broke. :razz:

    She’ll be right. :THUMBSUP:

  • Coalpony

    The last great explosion from her, sent boulders as far north as Auckland .

  • CosmicKiwiPerth

    Yep Coalpony, when Lake Taupo blew up in 232 AD it wiped out the vegation between there & Auckland in just 10 minutes ! NZ is ripe for a big eruption.. AJ Perth, Aus.

    • Mayhem

      But Taupo is a different Volcano and one of the worlds fourth largest super volcano. I’m not at all sure the thread author was alluding to such. :neutral: I fail to see your point but suspect it might have been a fishing attempt?

      Good thing about half the north island being toasted in seconds. The anguish will be over before we know it. :roll:

      Folks. Try to to only worry about stuff you can control. She’ll be right. :cool:

  • jimminz

    nz could get a little shaky in the next few days 6.5+…this mountiain could be affected by any large earthquakes,as the water temp becomes hotter near the surface ,thumbs up im sure we all will be safe :cool:

  • hotdoge3

    it be ok doing this for years a small thing may get some ash in Hamilton NZ
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  • CosmicKiwiPerth

    Well, well, well… 12 hours later after i commented & Mt Tongariro erupts… AJ, Perth, Western Australia, (Formerly NZ)

  • Jay

    That is a very imposing group of caldera’s. I count 6 in the picture. No wonder it demands respect and caution.

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