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Ngauruhoe volcano

Updated: Nov 28, 2022 12:00 GMT -
Stratovolcano 1978 m (6,489 ft)
North Island (New Zealand), -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

Latest nearby earthquakes

TimeMag. / DepthDistance/Location
Thursday, November 17, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Nov 17, 2022 9:29 pm (GMT +13) (Nov 17, 2022 08:29 GMT)

12 km
32 km (20 mi)
New Zealand
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 GMT (1 quake)
Nov 16, 2022 4:51 pm (GMT +13) (Nov 16, 2022 03:51 GMT)

16 km
35 km (22 mi)
North Island, 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.

See also: Sentinel hub | Landsat 8 | NASA FIRMS
Fri, 24 Apr 2015, 22:32

Ngauruhoe volcano (New Zealand): alert level lowered back to normal

The alert level was lowered back to the lowest level green, after signs of unrest at the volcano gradually had declined during the past weeks. ... Read all
Mon, 23 Mar 2015, 08:43

Ngauruhoe volcano (New Zealand): minor volcanic unrest

Earthquakes (yellow and red circles) near Ngauruhoe during the past 14 days
New Zealand's GNS Science reports an increase in earthquakes under the volcano, interpreted as weak signs of volcanic unrest. The Volcanic Alert Level was raised to level 1 (minor volcanic unrest), but no eruption is expected in the near future. ... Read all
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