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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This Wednesday, April 1st, is the last day for the submission of state official’s declaration for 2014 in Latvia.
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Chief of Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Yaroslav Strelchenok is certain the former deputy chief Juta Strīķe only comes to work for show and does not carry out her duty. This is why he says he is collecting evidence of this in order to turn to the court and request her dismissal, as reported by lsm.lv.
Constitution Protection Bureau has decided to provide Latvian Healthcare Minister Guntis Belevics from the Union of Greens and Farmers with access to official secrets, as confirmed by Prime Minister’s press secretary Aiva Rozenberga.
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Saeima deputies Gundars Daudze from the Union of Greens and Farmers, Sergei Mirski from Harmony, Solvita Aboltina from Unity and head of the Saeima Inter-Parliamentary Relations Office Sandra Paura have been on an official visit to Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi since last Thursday.
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arabek @ 2015-04-01 09:37:36
Linda @ 2015-03-31 23:22:35
Usually route for benefit migrant is the UK with the lax policies on benefit claiming. Am surprised that economic migrants should go to Latvia. I agree that the house prices are astronomical in Baltics (that is Est and Lat) and hovels are in abundance.
Linda @ 2015-03-31 23:15:03
Foreigner @ 2015-03-31 17:14:18
You can't compare to Scandinavia. Noone comes to Latvia to live on welfare. There are many ways to acctract the "correct" people. (And Norway has benefited a lot on immigration over the last two decades. What happens in the future remains to be seen, though. ) BTW, I'm Norwegian myself. I have come to Latvia and invested many 100 000's Euros and paid a lot in taxes and fees ovet the 5 years. Another sidenote is that I can't understand why Latvia goes the same path as Scandinavia. The welfare state works reasonably well in scandinavia because most people accept to pay a lot in taxes. Here in Latvia I have never met a person who is happy to pay taxes (honestly). To cheat on taxes seems to be the favourite game. Real estate will almost always follow the cost of building new real estate. And I presume Russians/Chinese was the main buyer of upper market. My neighbour has tried to sell a decent house for one year now. Price is lowered from 250 000 to 175 000 EUR.
Brian @ 2015-03-31 12:47:57
When a country accepts just "any person" in the hope that they will work and pay taxes, they quite often turn out to be people who do not work and then rely on social security payments, becoming a burden on their adopted country. Just have a look at Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Latvia has enough financial issues without creating any more. I do think it is strange, that even though many people have left Latvia, the price of real estate has increased considerably. Less people should equal less demand for housing and reduce prices, not increase them. Any ideas ?