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Tongariro volcano is a large complex volcano with about 12 craters and vents, including the steep stratovolcano Ngauruhoe, which is the focus of most activity in recent times.
Tongariro with its colorful crater lakes, hot springs, fumaroles, numerous cones and lava deserts is one of the major tourist attractions of the North Island, and the famous "Tongariro crossing" is generally regarded as one of the most scenic hikes in the world.
Scientists think Tongariro will stay calm is most likely scenario
Update Mon 13 Aug 11:58
Update Sat 11 Aug 09:09
Tongariro calm for the moment, gas measurements suggest magma presence underneath
Update Fri 10 Aug 10:55
Update Thu 09 Aug 07:39
Seismic activity has been calm during the past 24 hours (GeoNet)
Update Wed 08 Aug 07:09
Eruption source area looking up hill. Main steaming area is a new vent west of Upper Te Maari Crater. Steam in the lower left is part of Lower Te Maari Crater, and appears unchanged by the eruption. (GeoNet)
Facts about the eruption summarized by GNS Science
Update Tue 07 Aug 13:02
Aerial view of the eruption area
A new ash fall forecast map was published by GeoNet, in case of renewed activity from Tongariro. (GeoNet)
Update Tue 07 Aug 12:31
The ash plume from yesterday's eruption has dissipated VAAC Wellington reports.
An interesting video about the current situation was published by Weather-watch New Zealand:
Volcano calm at the moment, but activity could resume any time
Update Tue 07 Aug 09:20
New eruption at Tongariro on 6 August 2012
The location of Tongariro and the predicted ash fall area (GeoNet)
Seismic signal of Tongariro's eruption - at the moment, the volcano is calm again
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