Ngauruhoe volcano

Stratovolcano 1978 m (6,489 ft)
North Island, Neuseeland, -39.13°S / 175.64°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
Last update: 24 Apr 2015
Ngauruhoe volcano seen from Tongariro; Ruhapehu volcano in the background.
Ngauruhoe volcano seen from Tongariro; Ruhapehu volcano in the background.

Ngauruhoe (pronouned "Nauruhó"), a steep 600 m tall stratovolcano 17 km NNE of Ruhapehu volcano, is the main vent of Tongariro volcano and one of New Zealand's most active volcanoes. Its last eruptive phase in 1975-77 produced violent ash explosions, lava fountains and pyroclastic flows. In its recent past, Ngauruhoe has been erupting around every 10 years and the time lapsed since then makes this the longest repose interval known in its recorded history.

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Typical eruption style: Explosive
Ngauruhoe volcano eruptions: 1975-77, 1972, 1968-69, 1962, 1958-59, 1956, 1948-54, 1939-40, 1937, 1934, 1931, 1924-28, 1917, 1913-14, 1909-10, 1904-07, 1897-98, 1892, 1883, 1881, 1878, 1875, 1869-70, 1862-64, 1857, 1844, 1841, 1839, 550 BC ± 200

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Saturday, October 16, 2021 22:54 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 17, 2021 11:54 am (GMT +13) (Oct 16, 2021 22:54 GMT)

101 km
45 km (28 mi)
Taupo District, Waikato, New Zealand
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 04:18 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 13, 2021 5:18 pm (GMT +13) (Oct 13, 2021 04:18 GMT)

5 km
46 km (29 mi)
Taupo District, Waikato, New Zealand
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 04:32 GMT (1 earthquake)
Oct 12, 2021 5:32 pm (GMT +13) (Oct 12, 2021 04:32 GMT)

113 km
49 km (30 mi)
Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand


Ngauruhoe is the youngest and most active cone of the large Tongariro volcanic complex, and forms today its highest peak. Ngauruhoe started to grow about 2500 years ago and has been frequently active in historic times.

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