This photo is taken from the GNS webcam site. Go to www.geonet.org.nz to see the latest timelapse videos of the erupting mountain. Note the lack of snow at the moment, so naturally more people have been using the walking tracks in this area.
At 1.25pm on 21 November 2012 Mt Tongariro let fly with a two kilometre plume of ash emanating from Te Maari Crater. This is the area that erupted on 6 August. The eruption only lasted five minutes but GNS are monitoring the situation. The volcano alert for Tongariro has been lifted to Level 2, which means ‘minor eruptive activity.’ The Aviation Colour Code is changed to red. Flights between Wellington and Taupo are cancelled.
A lot of snow has disappeared off the mountain and we now have many people circumnavigating the mountain as well as walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There were several school groups on the mountain, some within one kilometre of the eruption. No injuries are reported.
GNS are monitoring Mt Ruapehu carefully. Since late October there have been numerous small earthquakes 5 kms beneath the summit. At the moment the temperature of Crater Lake is 20 degrees C whilst the temperature beneath Crater Lake is 800 degrees C. This suggests a partial vent blockage. GNS predict an eruption within weeks or months. Exciting stuff.
The use of real events, familiar backdrop, and a working knowledge of geology gave the storyline a credible read. The book gathers pace quickly once the characters have been introduced and the reader is quickly swept up to the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. There’s love, drama, action, mystery and subterfuge. A definate summer read.
Look forward to Lily’s next book.
A really good yarn from a promising author. The story comprises several threads which are drawn together in an interesting manner that compells you to keep reading, to an explosive conclusion. I look forward to her next book.
Lily Ennis is a good writer. The threads of three stories are interwoven in this delightful book. Mostly its a warm and satisfying romance, which feels like sitting in a cafe with a close girlfriend as she shares the intimacies, the doubts, and the thrill of a new man in her life. The backdrop is the glorious mountain and bush of New Zealand’s volcanic plateau. There is also a crime story with action and suspense, and the third treat a slice of social history of life in wartime New Zealand. Altogether a great read, four stars from me!
This story is a great way to revisit Tongariro National Park, as it is set on the east side of Mt Ruapehu, in and around Rangipo Hut. Combining two significant events for the region in a story is brilliant – the eruption of Ruapehu and the theft of war medals from the NZ Army museum in nearby Waiouru. Throw in the romance (even as the volcanic rocks are flying) and it’s a great read.