New Zealand tourism operators are hoping the significant probability that Mt Tongariro will erupt again in the next week could be good for them.
Tongariro’s Te Maari crater erupted for about five minutes on Wednesday afternoon, emitting a plume of ash and gas up to 4km into the air.
It sent trampers on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing scurrying down the mountain and forced the cancellation of Air New Zealand flights to regional airports at Taupo, Rotorua and Gisborne.
But in an area known for its volcanic activity, the international publicity from an eruption can be helpful – provided it doesn’t go on too long, AAP wrote.
“For now we’re in the spotlight, and sometimes that can turn out to be a positive,” Visit Ruapehu general manager Mike Smith said.
The volcano burst into life for the first time in 115 years in August, when an eruption sent rocks smashing into nearby Ketetahi Hut used as trampers’ accommodation, but only ash and gas were ejected on Wednesday.
Civil Defence says the threat related to the eruption has passed and a national advisory has been cancelled. However, GNS Science indicates that there remains a significant probability of sudden eruption within the next week.
GNS Science says although volcanic activity on Tongariro has remained at a low level since the eruption, there had been no warning observed before it occurred. “Future eruptions could also occur with little or no warning,” it said.
Last week, GNS warned there was increased activity underneath nearby Mt Ruapehu but a link between the two has been dismissed.
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J. @ 2015-05-24 16:15:53
Although I'm happy the state tries to make life easier for families with many children, I don't think this is the way to go. This complicates the tax system and makes reporting more bureaucratic. I'd prioritize removing VAT on heating and food. Imagine how much a large family spends on food. Removing this VAT would really be beneficial.
Pharmk294 @ 2015-05-24 13:08:52
Pharme890 @ 2015-05-24 08:52:45
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Pharmd326 @ 2015-05-24 04:33:14